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Feb. 12, 2011 — Hollywood

Michael Morrow was firing a 12-gauge shotgun into the second-floor condo where his daughter and her boyfriend were hiding.

When police arrived, Morrow, 66, was still firing into the condo. Officer Nicholas Patriarca killed him with a shot to the head.

Corinne Morrow and her boyfriend, Matthew Vieira, were not injured. Read more

Vieira told the officers that Morrow was trying to kill him. Michael Morrow had been drinking at a bar that morning. His ex-wife, who lived next door to her daughter, told police she thought Morrow wanted them to kill him.

This was the 20th police shooting in Florida in 2011.

One day earlier, two officers shot one person in Jacksonville .

Two days later, three officers shot two people in Orlando .

4 ways this case compares to others

  1. Morrow tried to kill someone before the shooting, according to police. That’s true only 3 percent of the time.
  2. Morrow was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  3. Morrow was involved in a domestic disturbance, a factor in 115 cases.
  4. Morrow was drinking alcohol before being shot. That’s true in about 10 percent of police shootings.

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