Victim: Donald Price (killed)
The accused: Riley Finway Bryan


Donald Price

White male

Age at time: 52

Weapon: chair

Victim photo: Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, 2008


Riley Finway Bryan

White male

Age at time: 67

Weapon: gun


Defendant photo: Pinellas County Sheriff's Office

Case type:
Argument turned violent

Defendant's Home



Case year:

Location details: Shooter's home in Gulfport, Pinellas County, on Nov. 07, 2009

What happened: During a dispute over a visitor, Riley Finway Bryan shot and killed a man who was renting his garage apartment. Bryan picked up his gun when he ordered the visitor to leave his property. Then he started arguing with his tenant, Donald Price. Bryan claimed Price "came at him with a chair" and he shot in self-defense. Witnesses said Price told Bryan: "if you're going to shoot someone, shoot me." Bryan told detectives he fired two warning shots but Price kept coming at him. The third shot hit Price in the head.

The outcome: A judge denied Bryan's motion for immunity. His first trial ended with a hung jury. A second jury convicted him of first degree murder in May 2011 and he was sentenced to life.

Investigating agency: Gulfport Police

Case decision made by: Jury

Trayvon Martin’s death became controversial because circumstances leading up to the shooting cast doubt on who was to blame. The Tampa Bay Times reviewed other “stand your ground” cases for similar circumstances. The Times relied on available information, some of which may not tell the whole story. When the situation was unclear, that was noted.

Yes No Unclear/

Did the victim initiate the confrontation?


Was the victim armed?


Was the victim committing a crime that led to the confrontation?


Did the defendant pursue the victim?


Could the defendant have retreated to avoid the conflict?


Was the defendant on his or her property?


Did someone witness the attack?


Was there physical evidence?


Source: Gulfport Police Department, Nov. 8, 2009.

Source: Pinellas County Circuit Court, Oct. 5, 2010.

Source: Pinellas County Clerk of Court case progress docket, Nov. 9, 2009.

Source: Tampa Bay Times, Nov. 8, 2009. Link to original source

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