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Oct. 24, 2010 — Vero Beach

Deputies from the Indian River County Sheriff's Office were investigating a shooting when they spotted a vehicle speeding away from the area.

Deputy Kevin Keitz alerted several other deputies and requested support. Keitz and Deputy John Finnegan blocked the vehicle off and were shot at, according to police records. The records also state that the vehicle attempted to run the deputies over.

It was then that the deputies opened fire and shot 16-year-old Darrick Washington in the chest. Washington's injury caused him to lose consciousness and crash the vehicle into a nearby ditch. Read more

The case has been widely disputed because there was no audio from police dash videos to confirm shots being fired from the car and deputies were not certain of the vehicle's involvement in the original shooting.

Deputy Finnegan's dash cam did have audio.

According to police records he can be heard shouting, "Shots fired." However, investigators were unable to hear any shots.

Indian River County's NAACP organization moved against Washington's attempted murder charges and his family filed a civil rights suit. The case was closed in 2014 after Washington's lawyer accidentally missed a filing deadline.

Washington was acquitted by a jury of attempted murder and convicted of assault on a LEO and fleeing and eluding. He was also convicted of driving without a valid license.

He was sentenced as a juvenile. The FDLE and an internal investigation cleared both officers.

Keitz was involved in two prior fatal shootings.

This was the 85th police shooting in Florida in 2010.

One day earlier, two officers shot one person in Winter Haven .

Two days later, four officers shot one person in Orlando .

4 ways this case compares to others

  1. Washington fired shots at police, which happened in 15 percent of shootings.
  2. Washington and 94 other people who police shot reportedly drove at an officer.
  3. Washington was fleeing from police or a crime scene, which is true in a quarter of shootings.
  4. A civil lawsuit was filed in response to Washington's shooting. Ninety other cases led to lawsuits.

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