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Dec. 24, 2013 — Cape Coral

Cape Coral police officers were taking a suspect into custody when they witnessed unrelated disturbance in a nearby house.

It was a verbal and physical altercation that culminated in one person dragging the other with a pickup truck, officials stated. Officers identified themselves and attempted to intervene.

The driver of the truck, David Westerman, 34, did not surrender but instead drove the pickup toward the officers, reports said. They fired, wounding Westerman once in each arm. Read more

Police believed Westerman was selling drugs out of his truck and the man challenged the authenticity of the pills.

Westerman's family told reporters that Westerman was trying to flee a drug-deal-gone-bad, not run over police. He was found guilty of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer and sentenced to three years in prison.

This was the 135th police shooting in Florida in 2013.

The same day, one officer shot one person in Pensacola .

Four days later, one officer shot one person in Palatka .

1 way this case compares to others

  1. Westerman and 94 other people who police shot reportedly drove at an officer.

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