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Nov. 15, 2014 — Fort Pierce

Just before 4 p.m., deputies tried to pull over James Plain for a seat belt violation.

Plain, 30, sped away, eventually bailed from the car, crossed a shallow canal, and climbed out on the west bank. He then pointed a handgun at Deputy Matt Brewster, who was still on the east side of the canal, authorities said.

Brewster fired 14 rounds, hitting Plain three times in the buttocks and right thigh, breaking his femur. He fell in the backyard of a residence. Read more

Passenger Cody Dotts, 25, was arrested after a brief foot chase. Plain's .40-caliber pistol, which he threw in a hedge, was listed as stolen. He was sentenced to eight years for aggravated assault and being a felon in possession of a firearm and five years for fleeing.

This was the 107th police shooting in Florida in 2014.

Four days earlier, one officer shot one person in Plant City .

One day later, one officer shot one person in Inverness .

7 ways this case compares to others

  1. Plain was one of 36 people shot in the back by police.
  2. The officer shot 14 bullets. The average was eight.
  3. Plain was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  4. Plain was shot after resisting arrest. A total of 114 people were shot while resisting arrest.
  5. Plain was fleeing from police or a crime scene, which is true in a quarter of shootings.
  6. Plain pointed a weapon at officers. Twenty-eight percent of shootings involved people who police say pointed a weapon at them.
  7. This shooting came after an officer pulled over Plain for a traffic violation. Seventy-seven cases began with a traffic stop.

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