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Feb. 10, 2012 — West Palm Beach

Just after 4 p.m., deputies were called to a credit union about a man in the parking lot with a rifle.

Palm Beach County Sheriff's Officer Sgt. William Gale shot 18-year-old Christopher Thompson after the teen fired a high-powered rifle at a patrol car. Deputies Charles Booth and Keith Stokes arrived as back up. As they attempted to arrest Thompson, he reached for the rifle and was shot again. Thompson was hit a total of 11 times.

As he was dying, he thanked deputies, according to authorities. Investigators said that it was Thompson who made the initial call to 911. Read more

4 ways this case compares to others

  1. Deputy Booth 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. Thompson fired shots at police, which happened in 15 percent of shootings.
  3. Thompson was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  4. Thompson told someone that he wanted officers to kill him. That preceded 10 percent of police shootings.

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