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May 3, 2014 — Lake Worth

Deputy Russell Brinson responded to a call about an attempted armed robbery.

Around 1:30 a.m., Brinson chased Byron Perez-Leon on foot down an alley. He said that Perez-Leon turned and pointed a gun at him. Brinson fired four shots, hitting the 21-year-old three times in the hand and foot.

Perez-Leon's blood-alcohol level was found to be three times over the legal limit. A handgun was recovered after a search of nearby yards. Read more

Perez-Leon denied trying to rob anyone and reportedly said that he ran from deputies because he had a gun.

He was convicted of attempted armed robbery, assault on an officer and carrying a concealed weapon, and was sentenced to 10 years.

This was the 44th police shooting in Florida in 2014.

One day earlier, one officer shot one person in Jacksonville .

Three days later, two officers shot one person in South Daytona .

6 ways this case compares to others

  1. Perez-Leon was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  2. Perez-Leon was drinking alcohol before being shot. That’s true in about 10 percent of police shootings.
  3. Perez-Leon was suspected of being involved in an armed robbery. That's true in 1 of every 9 police .
  4. Perez-Leon was fleeing from police or a crime scene, which is true in a quarter of shootings.
  5. Officer was chasing Perez-Leon on foot before shooting him. Officers shot 105 people during foot pursuits.
  6. Perez-Leon pointed a weapon at officers. Twenty-eight percent of shootings involved people who police say pointed a weapon at them.

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