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April 15, 2013 — St. Petersburg

On April 15, 2013, police spotted two teens inside a stolen white Nissan parked in an alley.

As officers got closer to the car, which was backed in, police say Shaquille Sweat, 19, accelerated toward Officers Richard Bishop and Brandon Bill. Both officers fired into the car.

As the car moved toward a nearby alley, Officer George Graves also fired. Sweat, who was struck in the arm, abandoned the car and ran. His passenger, Tyeisha Long, 15, was shot in the shoulder. Read more

Bill was hit by the car, but did not suffer a major injury.

Bill and Bishop were suspended, in part, for violating department rules about firing into moving vehicles. Graves was fired.

Police Chief Chuck Harmon indicated that he did not believe Graves was in danger. Graves was reinstated in 2014 after arbitration.

This was the 41st police shooting in Florida in 2013.

One day earlier, six officers shot one person in Miami .

Five days later, one officer shot one person in West Palm Beach .

4 ways this case compares to others

  1. Officer Graves was involved in one other shooting from 2009 to 2014. Eighty-five officers were involved in more than one shooting during that time period.
  2. Sweat was shot after injuring an officer with a vehicle. That's extremely rare; it happened only 20 times.
  3. Officers shot 20 bullets. The average was eight.
  4. Sweat and 94 other people who police shot reportedly drove at an officer.

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