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Oct. 5, 2011 — Pembroke Pines

Around 4 a.m., a neighbor woke up homicide Sgt. Confesor Gonzalez to tell him that someone had broken into Gonzalez' car.

The sergeant searched for the man in the Lakeside Key II community. He confronted 18-year-old Delon Sinclair, who was crouching between two cars in a driveway.

Gonzalez said that Sinclair took off, firing at the deputy at intervals as he ran. Gonzalez returned fire with a total of 11 rounds. Read more

At 8 a.m., Sinclair was found hiding behind a house. He was hit in the buttocks. His .40-caliber pistol was recovered under a recycling bin. Gonzalez, a 30-year veteran officer, was grazed on the foot.

Police believe that Sinclair was responsible for several car break-ins.

He was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

This was the 101st police shooting in Florida in 2011.

The same day, seven officers shot two people in Hialeah .

Two days later, one officer shot one person in Miami Gardens .

8 ways this case compares to others

  1. Sinclair was shot after injuring an officer. That was true in 8 percent of shootings.
  2. Sinclair fired shots at police, which happened in 15 percent of shootings.
  3. Officer approached Sinclair after he was suspected of committing a minor crime. That’s true in 1 of every 12 cases.
  4. Sinclair was one of 36 people shot in the back by police.
  5. The officer shot 11 bullets. The average was eight.
  6. Sinclair was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  7. Sinclair was fleeing from police or a crime scene, which is true in a quarter of shootings.
  8. Officer was chasing Sinclair on foot before shooting him. Officers shot 105 people during foot pursuits.

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