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Sep. 30, 2012 — Tampa

Edward Thomas, 25, was on probation for attempted second-degree murder when police tried to pull his car over for an expired tag and seat belt violation around 11:40 p.m.

Thomas sped away. The officer didn't follow but a police helicopter was able to track him.

Thomas crashed into a road sign and fled into nearby woods. K-9s flushed him out near Sgt. Rick Ubinas, who was setting up a perimeter. Read more

Police say Thomas refused to show his hands and appeared to point something at Ubinas, who fired once. Thomas got off the ground and charged Ubinas, who fired again.

Thomas was unarmed. He was injured but survived. He told police he didn't want to go back to prison.

This was the 106th police shooting in Florida in 2012.

Three days earlier, three officers shot one person in Lauderhill .

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

4 ways this case compares to others

  1. Thomas approached police in a threatening manner before being shot. That's true in almost 10% of police shootings.
  2. Officer approached Thomas after he was suspected of committing a minor crime. That’s true in 1 of every 12 cases.
  3. Thomas was one of 25 people who were shot after telling someone that he wouldn't go to jail or back to prison.
  4. This shooting came after an officer pulled over Thomas for a traffic violation. Seventy-seven cases began with a traffic stop.

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