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March 19, 2014 — Yulee

Damonique Gaddist, 18, used a shotgun to hold up a Kangaroo convenience store shortly after 11 p.m. on March 19, 2014.

He jumped in a stolen white truck with two companions and sped north on U.S. Highway 17.

Sgt. Jeffrey Stull spotted the truck, which he said was moving erratically. It crashed through construction barricades, missing workers evacuated by off-duty Deputy Dallas Palecek, and eventually crashed through another barricade onto a closed bridge over the St. Mary's River. Read more

Authorities say that driver Donnie Carroll, 28, nearly ran down a deputy. Palecek, Stull and Deputy Mark Hunter opened fire at the pickup, which stopped. The trio fled into the woods, where they were captured.

Carroll had gunshot wounds to his hand and shoulder. The Sheriff's Office later said that Gaddist admited to the robbery. The third person was 15-year-old Katelyn Marie Austin, listed as a runaway and Carroll's girlfriend. The three were from South Carolina and suspects in a robbery there.

This was the 27th police shooting in Florida in 2014.

Three days earlier, one officer shot one person in Pompano Beach .

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

4 ways this case compares to others

  1. Carroll was suspected of being involved in an armed robbery. That's true in 1 of every 9 police .
  2. Carroll and 94 other people who police shot reportedly drove at an officer.
  3. Carroll was fleeing from police or a crime scene, which is true in a quarter of shootings.
  4. Officers was chasing Carroll on foot before shooting him. Officers shot 105 people during foot pursuits.

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