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June 11, 2011 — Orlando

Ronnerry Fell sold $40 worth of marijuana to two undercover Orlando police detectives then tried to flee on his bicycle.

Det. Matthew Ochiuzzo pursued and found Fell, 27, in a dark alley. Ochiuzzo said Fell sprinted at him while reaching in his waistband so he fired a shot, striking him.

Fell told a different story, saying police shot him as he was running away then beat him. Read more

"I thought I was going to die," Fell told an Orlando TV station. "That's all I was thinking, 'They're going to kill me back here.' " Fell filed a civil suit in county court, but a jury ruled the shooting was in self defense after three hours of deliberation, Fell's attorney, Ty Lynch, told the Tampa Bay Times.

This was the 57th police shooting in Florida in 2011.

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

Two days later, one officer shot one person in Winter Garden .

6 ways this case compares to others

  1. Officer approached Fell after he was suspected of committing a minor crime. That’s true in 1 of every 12 cases.
  2. Police thought Fell, 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.
  3. Fell was shot during an undercover sting. That was true in less than four percent of cases.
  4. Fell was fleeing from police or a crime scene, which is true in a quarter of shootings.
  5. Officer was chasing Fell on foot before shooting him. Officers shot 105 people during foot pursuits.
  6. A civil lawsuit was filed in response to Fell's shooting. Ninety other cases led to lawsuits.

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