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Oct. 18, 2009 — Fort Lauderdale

Around 2 a.m., police spotted a car with a broken light stopped in the street. Officers turned on their lights but the driver, Bastiany Georges, 29, sped away.

He crashed into a tree a short time later. Sgt. Jeffrey Riche said that as he was reaching into the car, Georges revved the engine and began to back up. Riche's partner, Officer Johnathan Jones, was about to be caught between the reversing car and their patrol car. Riche said Georges ignored commands to shut off the engine.

Riche drew his weapon as Jones fired from behind the car. Riche said his right hand "exploded" and he believed that he was being fired at from inside the car. He shifted his weapon to his left hand and fired at Georges, killing him. Six slugs were recovered from Georges' body. Read more

It is unclear from the incident report if a weapon was recovered from the car. There was also some dispute as to whether the car was operational after the crash. There were no tire marks on the ground, however the gear shift was found in the reverse position.

The owner of the car said that she got out of the car before the crash, during a brief stop.

Both officers said that they did not stop the car before the crash. The officers were cleared and the decision was approved by a citizens review board.

This was the 107th police shooting in Florida in 2009.

One day earlier, one officer shot one person in Middleburg .

Two days later, six officers shot one person in Sarasota .

7 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. Officers approached Bastiany after he was suspected of committing a minor crime. That’s true in 1 of every 12 cases.
  3. Officers shot 19 bullets. The average was eight.
  4. Bastiany was shot after resisting arrest. A total of 114 people were shot while resisting arrest.
  5. Bastiany and 94 other people who police shot reportedly drove at an officer.
  6. Bastiany was fleeing from police or a crime scene, which is true in a quarter of shootings.
  7. This shooting came after officers pulled over Bastiany for a traffic violation. Seventy-seven cases began with a traffic stop.

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