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July 6, 2012 — Summerfield

Deputy Lauren Miley responded to a complaint about a group of people being loud and disorderly.

Miley saw Joshua Salvato, 21, unarmed and shirtless, yelling and screaming in the roadway. Deputy Norman Brown arrived and ordered Salvato to the ground. He complied but as deputies were handcuffing him, Salvato suddenly resisted.

He knocked Brown backwards and swung at Miley. Read more

A dash-cam video shows Brown backing away as Miley unholsters. Miley said that Salvato was preparing to charge. She fired, fatally wounding him in the lower abdomen.

When Deputy Brown got up, he shocked Salvato with his Taser for several minutes. Brown later said that he hadn't realized Salvato had been shot.

The FDLE and a grand jury cleared the deputies of criminal charges. The grand jury noted poor technique in handcuffing Salvato, Miley's quickness in firing and the continued discharge of Brown's Taser.

In May 2014, the jury in a civil suit brought by Salvato's family awarded them $2.3 million, saying that both deputies had used excessive force.

This was the 75th police shooting in Florida in 2012.

The same day, three officers shot one person in Pensacola .

Five days later, one officer shot one person in Eustis .

5 ways this case compares to others

  1. Evidence in this case, and accounts given by officers and witnesses, included conflicting details. That was true for 27 other cases.
  2. Salvato did not immediately comply with police instruction, a factor in nearly a quarter of shootings.
  3. Officers approached Salvato after he was suspected of committing a minor crime. That’s true in 1 of every 12 cases.
  4. Salvato was shot after resisting arrest. A total of 114 people were shot while resisting arrest.
  5. A civil lawsuit was filed in response to Salvato's shooting. Ninety other cases led to lawsuits.

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