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Jan. 12, 2011 — Pensacola

Escambia County Deputy Courtney Clanton twice shot Harold Baggett, 50, on Jan. 12, 2011.

The incident began as Clanton, who was not on duty, was driving to his home in Valley Ridge Estates, north of Nine Mile Road, in his personal vehicle.

Clanton noticed a driver tailgating him, according to the State Attorney's Office report. Baggett caught up to Clanton at his house and said, "Oh, you're a cop," the report states. Clanton identified himself as deputy. Read more

Baggett then went on an expletive-laced rant about police. Clanton tried to get Baggett to leave. Baggett then got in his car and pointed it at Clanton, revved the engine and drove toward him.

Clanton dropped the phone and fired several rounds at Baggett's windshield. Baggett's injuries were not serious.

Baggett was arrested after the shooting and charged with assault with a deadly weapon. Baggett told investigators that he started drinking whiskey about 8 p.m. the night of the shooting, and he did not remember the incident.

His blood alcohol content was 0.263. Both men lived in the same subdivision. Clanton was cleared by the state attorney.

This was the fifth police shooting in Florida in 2011.

The same day, one officer shot one person in Boynton Beach .

Two days later, one officer shot one person in Sarasota .

2 ways this case compares to others

  1. Baggett was drinking alcohol before being shot. That’s true in about 10 percent of police shootings.
  2. Baggett and 94 other people who police shot reportedly drove at an officer.

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