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Dec. 13, 2012 — West Palm Beach

Around 5:30 p.m., Palm Beach County Deputy Joshua Kushel investigated a call about people smoking marijuana in a vehicle.

He told the occupants to put their hands on the trunk of the car. Passenger Devin Jolicoeur, 17, ran.

Kushel grabbed his shirt and the two struggled, eventually ending up on the ground in front of Jolicoeur's home. Read more

Kushel and another deputy said that Jolicoeur then pulled a TEC-22 pistol from his waistband. Sgt. James Hightower attempted to take the weapon but when Jolicoeur did not release it, Kushel fired five times, hitting Jolicoeur four times in the chest and once in the hand. He died at the scene.

Jolicoeur's relatives, including his mother, who ran to her son after the shooting, witnessed much of the confrontation. Several maintain that Jolicoeur did not have a gun.

This was the 123rd police shooting in Florida in 2012.

The same day, one officer shot one person in Orange Park .

Two days later, one officer shot one person in Fort Myers .

5 ways this case compares to others

  1. Officer approached Jolicoeur after he was suspected of committing a minor crime. That’s true in 1 of every 12 cases.
  2. Jolicoeur was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  3. Jolicoeur was shot after resisting arrest. A total of 114 people were shot while resisting arrest.
  4. Jolicoeur was fleeing from police or a crime scene, which is true in a quarter of shootings.
  5. Officer was chasing Jolicoeur on foot before shooting him. Officers shot 105 people during foot pursuits.

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