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Nov. 26, 2010 — St. Petersburg

Deputy Kenneth Kimberlin tried to pull over a black Ford Explorer that strayed from its lane and made a U-turn in an unsafe manner.

Instead of stopping, driver Brandon French, 35, continued north on Fourth Street, then turned into a neighborhood. According to the deputy, French was driving erratically, veering off the road. He blew a tire but continued on the rim, knocking over a stop sign. He eventually re-emerged onto Fourth, heading south, and the deputy stopped him.

As Kimberlin approached on foot, French twice accelerated the SUV toward him. Kimberlin opened fire, hitting him in the shoulder. Read more

French was sentenced to prison for fleeing, aggravated assault and grand theft motor vehicle.

Kimberlin retired from the sheriff's office five months after the shooting and took a job with the Largo Police Department.

He resigned from that position while being investigated for violating agency policy, according to FDLE records.

This was the 100th police shooting in Florida in 2010.

Two days earlier, one officer shot one person in Orlando .

Two days later, one officer shot one person in Satellite Beach .

2 ways this case compares to others

  1. French and 94 other people who police shot reportedly drove at an officer.
  2. This shooting came after an officer pulled over French for a traffic violation. Seventy-seven cases began with a traffic stop.

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