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Dec. 28, 2013 — Palatka

Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Lawrence Litzell tried to stop a maroon Mercury Grand Marquis for speeding but the driver fled.

He found the car around 12:45 a.m. in Palatka. Somourian Jamal Wingo, 24, and another man bailed out of the car and ran toward the St. Johns River, then in opposite directions. Litzell pursued Wingo into the riverfront park.

Authorities said that Wingo turned and fired a .25-caliber pistol at Litzell, hitting him in the face. Trooper Litzell tackled Wingo and the two struggled on the ground, with Wingo's gun pinned between them. Litzell pulled his gun and shot Wingo in the side, but he still struggled to pull his gun free. Read more

Litzell fired again, directly into Wingo's chest, killing him. The bullet that hit Litzell entered just below his nose, traveled down through his palate and lodged in his neck.

The second man escaped.

This was the 136th police shooting in Florida in 2013.

Four days earlier, one officer shot one person in Cape Coral .

Three days later, one officer shot one person in Coral Springs .

6 ways this case compares to others

  1. Wingo was shot after injuring an officer. That was true in 8 percent of shootings.
  2. Wingo fired shots at police, which happened in 15 percent of shootings.
  3. Wingo was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  4. Wingo was shot after resisting arrest. A total of 114 people were shot while resisting arrest.
  5. Officer was chasing Wingo on foot before shooting him. Officers shot 105 people during foot pursuits.
  6. This shooting came after an officer pulled over Wingo for a traffic violation. Seventy-seven cases began with a traffic stop.

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