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Dec. 4, 2009 — Pensacola

Derrick Cox, 39, called in a false report, hoping police would locate his ex-girlfriend by claiming that she had threatened him with a knife.

Police were pulling up to his apartment when they saw him leaving. They followed and pulled him over around 9:20 p.m. Officer Shawn Thompson was at the driver's window asking to see his driver's license when Cox tried to pull away.

Thompson was dragged several feet as he clung to Cox. Cox then reversed, narrowly missing Officer Erik Goss, who fired at his tires. Cox then accelerated toward Thompson, who also fired, hitting him three times in the arm. Read more

2 ways this case compares to others

  1. Officer Thompson was involved in one other shooting from 2009 to 2014. Eighty-five officers were involved in more than one shooting during that time period.
  2. Cox and 94 other people who police shot reportedly drove at an officer.

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