Ellis

Brandon Ellis

Black male

Age at time: 16

Weapon: gun

gun

Victim photo: Sarasota County Sheriff's Office, 2009

 
Elliott_Firby

Elliott Firby

Black male

Age at time: 54

Weapon: gun

gun

Case type:
Robbery

Location:
Defendant's Property

Initiator:
Victim

Witnesses:
No

Case year:
2009

Location details: In the defendant's driveway in Sarasota, Sarasota County, on June 11, 2009

What happened: Elliott Firby was on his way home from work when a car started following him. When he pulled up to his house, the driver stepped out, leveled a shotgun at him and politely demanded his money. Instead, Firby fired his own weapon, a handgun he had a permit to carry. The would-be robber, 16 at the time, fled, wounded but alive. "You have to do something to protect yourself," Firby told the Sarasota Herald-Tribune at the time. "The police can't be there all the time."

The outcome: No charges. Police cited "stand your ground" as a factor in their decision. Attempted armed robbery

Investigating agency: Sarasota Police

Case decision made by: Police

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/
disputed

Did the victim initiate the confrontation?

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Was the victim armed?

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

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Did the defendant pursue the victim?

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Could the defendant have retreated to avoid the conflict?

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Was the defendant on his or her property?

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Did someone witness the attack?

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Was there physical evidence?

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Source: Sarasota Herald Tribune, June 12, 2009.

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Case last updated: Aug. 10, 2013