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June 8, 2010 — Boca Raton

Sgt. Shannon Wendlick noticed a suspicious car and followed it as it pulled into the driveway of a home.

Wendlick said the driver threw the car into reverse as she approached on foot, narrowly missing her and hitting her patrol car. She said passenger Ramon Rosario, 17, pointed a gun at her. Wendlick fired, hitting Rosario three times.

Rosario, who survived, and passenger Angel Machado, 20, were arrested. Driver Robert Alvarez, 19, fled and was captured later. Police believed the men were about to commit a home invasion robbery when Wendlick spotted them. Read more

Rosario was convicted of 15 counts and was sentenced to 270 years in prison for what the State Attorney's Office calls a string of crimes that terrorized the northern end of Palm Beach County during the spring and early summer of 2010.

The state attorney reviewed the investigation and determined Sgt. Wendlick's actions to be reasonable to prevent the imminent death or serious injury to herself.

This was the 45th police shooting in Florida in 2010.

Eight days earlier, one officer shot one person in Tallahassee .

Two days later, one officer shot one person in Pembroke Pines .

4 ways this case compares to others

  1. Rosario was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  2. Rosario was suspected of being involved in an armed robbery. That's true in 1 of every 9 police .
  3. Rosario was fleeing from police or a crime scene, which is true in a quarter of shootings.
  4. Rosario pointed a weapon at officers. Twenty-eight percent of shootings involved people who police say pointed a weapon at them.

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