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May 12, 2014 — Tallahassee

A man reported that two armed men had robbed him on Gamble Street, and then drove toward the Florida State University campus.

Around 1:15 p.m., police tried to pull over the suspects in a white Chevrolet Malibu but they fled. Police chased Arthur James, 40, and Tommy Jackson, 39, through the grounds of FSU, at first in vehicles and then on foot after the robbers crashed their car.

According to police, James, who was carrying a handgun, fell near W Call and Copeland streets and was shot in the jaw by Officer Doug Clark. Read more

Jackson kept running. Officers Ray Garcia, Stephen Britt and Brian Perry found him and exchanged gunfire with him several times as he ran. Garcia thought he hit him.

Jackson ditched his gun out of sight of the officers in a trashcan.

Britt and Perry encountered Jackson again near townhouses on W Carolina Street and fatally wounded him.

An autopsy located eight gunshot wounds in the chest, legs, abdomen and buttocks. Bullets also hit a car and penetrated the walls of two townhouses.

This was the 50th police shooting in Florida in 2014.

The same day, two officers shot one person in Gainesville .

One day later, four officers shot one person in Citrus Springs .

6 ways this case compares to others

  1. Jackson fired shots at police, which happened in 15 percent of shootings.
  2. Jackson was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  3. James was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  4. Jackson and James were suspected of being involved in an armed robbery. That's true in 1 of every 9 police .
  5. Jackson and James were fleeing from police or a crime scene, which is true in a quarter of shootings.
  6. Officers were chasing Jackson and James on foot before shooting them. Officers shot 105 people during foot pursuits.

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