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June 28, 2012 — North Fort Myers

Deputy Frank Trestka pulled over Tamyria Harvey for speeding and illegal window tint. The deputy smelled marijuana when he approached the vehicle.

He ordered Harvey and passenger Carlos Charles, 28, out of the car while Trestka and Deputy Daniel Cote searched it. They found nearly half a pound of cocaine. Authorities say that while Cote was cuffing Charles, a struggle broke out and Charles tried to get into the driver's side of the vehicle.

Deputy Trestka tried to tackle him and the men began struggling over Trestka's service weapon. The gun went off. Read more

Trestka called for Cote to shoot Charles. Deputy Cote fired his weapon through the windshield hitting Charles seven times.

Despite his wounds, Charles still got behind the wheel and drove a short distance before veering off the road into some trees. EMS arrived and pronounced him dead.

Trestka was treated for injuries to his shoulder, ribs, spine and eardrum.

This was the 69th police shooting in Florida in 2012.

The same day, one officer shot one person in DeLeon Springs .

Three days later, one officer shot one person in West Palm Beach .

3 ways this case compares to others

  1. Charles was shot after injuring an officer. That was true in 8 percent of shootings.
  2. Charles was shot after resisting arrest. A total of 114 people were shot while resisting arrest.
  3. This shooting came after officers pulled over Charles for a traffic violation. Seventy-seven cases began with a traffic stop.

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