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May 9, 2012 — Fort Myers

Jimmie Matthews, 31, refused to pull over during a traffic stop. He attempted to ram Deputy Stephen Kirkby's vehicle twice, police said.

A pursuit began on Interstate 75 where speeds reached 90 mph. Kirkby bumped Matthews' van, causing it to veer off the roadway.

Matthews got out of his vehicle and reached for his waistband. Read more

Kirkby pushed Matthews to the ground but was struck in the knee and fell to the ground as well.

According to Kirkby, Matthews began punching the deputy and tried to take his firearm. Deputy Kirkby shot Matthews four times, killing him.

One of the shots injured Deputy Kirkby's hand as he pushed Matthews away.

The Lee County NAACP called for an independent investigation.

This was the 47th police shooting in Florida in 2012.

The same day, one officer shot one person in Jacksonville .

Three days later, three officers shot one person in Miami .

4 ways this case compares to others

  1. Police thought Matthews, who was unarmed, was reaching for a weapon before shooting him. Thirty-eight unarmed people were shot when police said they saw them reach for something.
  2. Matthews was shot after resisting arrest. A total of 114 people were shot while resisting arrest.
  3. Matthews was fleeing from police or a crime scene, which is true in a quarter of shootings.
  4. This shooting came after an officer pulled over Matthews for a traffic violation. Seventy-seven cases began with a traffic stop.

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