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Aug. 3, 2009 — Freeport

Deputy Nick Embry responded to a call from a woman saying that an intoxicated Jeff Weekley, 39, was at her house uninvited and had started up a chainsaw in the shed. She also said that he usually carried a pocket knife.

Weekley disappeared into the woods leaving the chainsaw behind. Deputy Embry found him in the woods on his belly and ordered him to come closer. The deputy said that Weekley got up, kept advancing and ignored his commands to stop.

Embry shot Weekley twice when he reached into his pocket. No weapon was found. Read more

The family later sued the police department and a judge allowed it to proceed to trial because evidence showed Weekley was likely not reaching into his pocket and was crouched or squatting when shot.

A federal jury found that the officer's actions were justified.

This was the 86th police shooting in Florida in 2009.

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

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

8 ways this case compares to others

  1. Evidence in this case, and accounts given by officers and witnesses, included conflicting details. That was true for 27 other cases.
  2. Weekley did not immediately comply with police instruction, a factor in nearly a quarter of shootings.
  3. Officer approached Weekley after he was suspected of committing a minor crime. That’s true in 1 of every 12 cases.
  4. Police thought Weekley, who was unarmed, was reaching for a weapon before shooting him. Thirty-eight unarmed people were shot when police said they saw them reach for something.
  5. Weekley was drinking alcohol before being shot. That’s true in about 10 percent of police shootings.
  6. Weekley was fleeing from police or a crime scene, which is true in a quarter of shootings.
  7. Officer was chasing Weekley on foot before shooting him. Officers shot 105 people during foot pursuits.
  8. A civil lawsuit was filed in response to Weekley's shooting. Ninety other cases led to lawsuits.

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