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Oct. 26, 2011 — Crawfordville

Authorities were notified of a possible break-in at a Chevron gas station around 11 p.m. on Oct. 26, 2011. Two deputies arrived at the scene and searched around the building.

Deputy Lorne Whaley saw the suspect, Curtis Davis, hiding behind a bush. Davis stood up and started approaching the deputy with a screwdriver, police said.

Whaley warned the suspect to stop and drop the screwdriver, which he believed to be a knife. When Davis failed to do either, Whaley fired four rounds into Davis. Read more

A bag was found on the scene containing tools for burglary. Davis told police he was trying to get cigarettes and spice, and that he wasn't trying to harm the deputy.

He was sentenced to one year in prison on charges of possession of burglary tools and attempted burglary.

This was the 112th police shooting in Florida in 2011.

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

Six days later, one officer shot one person in Lake Worth .

2 ways this case compares to others

  1. Davis approached police in a threatening manner before being shot. That's true in almost 10% of police shootings.
  2. Davis was armed with a blade/stabbing implement. Only 80 other people were armed the same way.

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