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May 17, 2009 — Tampa

Just before 6 p.m. Tampa officers ran the license plate of a white Chrysler Concorde that passed them as they sat at a traffic light.

The car turned out to have been stolen earlier in the month. The officers tried to pull over the car but driver Derrick Sheffield, 26, sped away.

After about a minute, Sheffield lost control and slammed into a fence. As the officers got out of their car, Sheffield reversed his and rammed their cruiser. Read more

Fearing that his partner was about to be run over, Officer Dustin Kennedy opened fire, hitting Sheffield in the shoulder.

Neither officer was injured.

This was the 59th police shooting in Florida in 2009.

Two days earlier, one officer shot one person in Gainesville .

11 days later, three officers shot one person in St. Augustine .

2 ways this case compares to others

  1. Sheffield and 94 other people who police shot reportedly drove at an officer.
  2. This shooting came after an officer pulled over Sheffield for a traffic violation. Seventy-seven cases began with a traffic stop.

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