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April 13, 2012 — Gainesville

Officers were sent to investigate a possible drug deal at 1142 NE 24th Terrace. One suspect, Ronnie Williams, 23, entered his car and bumped into Officer Safiya Rim multiple times.

He then sped away, leading a high-speed chase in excess of 120 mph. Officer Wilfredo Perez pursued the vehicle to a driveway on SE 73rd Terrace, where he got out of his vehicle and told Williams to get out of the car.

The suspect instead turned his car around and attempted to run Officer Perez over, police said. Read more

Officer Perez fired his gun at least three times. One bullet struck Williams in the head, causing his car to veer off the road and strike a tree.

Williams was treated for multiple gunshot wounds at the hospital and survived. He was sentenced to eight years in prison for aggravated assault with a weapon and aggravated fleeing and eluding.

This was the 37th police shooting in Florida in 2012.

One day earlier, one officer shot one person in Sarasota .

One day later, four officers shot one person in St. Augustine .

2 ways this case compares to others

  1. Williams and 94 other people who police shot reportedly drove at an officer.
  2. Williams was fleeing from police or a crime scene, which is true in a quarter of shootings.

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