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Sep. 2, 2013 — St. Petersburg

Around 1 a.m., a neighbor called police, saying that Ronald Sexton, 23, had pulled a gun on him during an argument over a barking dog.

Dispatchers could hear Sexton pounding on the man's door. Police later said that Sexton, who had been drinking during Labor Day, was taunting the neighbor and his pit bull.

When three officers arrived, they confronted Sexton on his front porch. Ordered to get on the ground, police say that Sexton started to comply, then pulled a gun out of his pocket and leveled it at an officer. Read more

Officers Nicolo Mangiaracina, Michael Romano and Justin Morales fired a total of 17 rounds at Sexton, killing him.

Relatives filed a federal lawsuit against police on behalf of Sexton's mother, Vicki Sexton. It maintains that Sexton complied, dropped his cell phone and was getting on the ground when shot.

Officer Romano was also involved in shooting death of John Alfred "Smoky" Johnson in 2009. Officer Mangiaracina shot and wounded Jahlil Cobbs in 2012, and Emmanuel Smith and Raynard Yates in 2011.

This was the 91st police shooting in Florida in 2013.

Six days earlier, two officers shot one person in Seffner .

Three days later, one officer shot one person in Miami .

8 ways this case compares to others

  1. Officer Romano was involved in one other shooting from 2009 to 2014. Eighty-five officers were involved in more than one shooting during that time period.
  2. Officer Mangiaracina was involved in one other shooting from 2009 to 2014. Eighty-five officers were involved in more than one shooting during that time period.
  3. Sexton did not immediately comply with police instruction, a factor in nearly a quarter of shootings.
  4. Officers shot 17 bullets. The average was eight.
  5. Sexton was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  6. Sexton was drinking alcohol before being shot. That’s true in about 10 percent of police shootings.
  7. A civil lawsuit was filed in response to Sexton's shooting. Ninety other cases led to lawsuits.
  8. Sexton pointed a weapon at officers. Twenty-eight percent of shootings involved people who police say pointed a weapon at them.

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