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April 15, 2009 — Hollywood

Hollywood police Det. Sergio Lopez was conducting a sting operation to buy cocaine from Jermaine Wilson.

According to police, when officers tried to remove Wilson from Lopez' car in the parking lot of a Barnes & Noble bookstore, he attempted to flee, struggling with Davie sheriff's Det. Paul Laskowski.

Wilson grabbed for Laskowski's gun, which was in his hand, and Laskowski shot him once near his right knee. Read more

Wilson, 22, was finally subdued after being stunned twice with a Taser by another detective. Police said that he yelled that he didn't want to go back to jail.

Jermaine Wilson was sentenced to a year in prison.

This was the 44th police shooting in Florida in 2009.

Seven days earlier, one officer shot one person in Palm Springs .

Two days later, one officer shot one person in Crestview .

2 ways this case compares to others

  1. Wilson was shot during an undercover sting. That was true in less than four percent of cases.
  2. Wilson was shot after resisting arrest. A total of 114 people were shot while resisting arrest.

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