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Aug. 25, 2011 — Miami

Around 9 p.m., detectives with the narcotics tactical unit spotted Johnny Outler, 34, driving erratically.

They pulled him over and approached his Ford Mustang. That is when, according to police, Outler accelerated, nearly hitting an officer. Police chased him onto northbound Interstate 95, where he sideswiped an unmarked police vehicle and eventually crashed into the center divide.

Outler ran into the nearby woods, followed by detectives. At some point, there was a confrontation and Det. Charles Stennett fired, wounding Outler in the abdomen. Read more

He was charged with reckless driving, driving with a license suspended or revoked, along with aggravated assault and fleeing. Outler was categorized as a habitual traffic offender.

This was the 87th police shooting in Florida in 2011.

One day earlier, three officers shot two people in Boynton Beach .

Three days later, two officers shot one person in Deland .

4 ways this case compares to others

  1. Outler and 94 other people who police shot reportedly drove at an officer.
  2. Outler was fleeing from police or a crime scene, which is true in a quarter of shootings.
  3. Officer was chasing Outler on foot before shooting him. Officers shot 105 people during foot pursuits.
  4. This shooting came after an officer pulled over Outler for a traffic violation. Seventy-seven cases began with a traffic stop.

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