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Feb. 19, 2012 — Orlando

Police located two stolen cars at an apartment complex on Martins Way. They also suspected that at least one of the cars had been used in two armed robberies that afternoon.

As police watched, three men got into the cars. Police stopped them as they left the complex.

As one man in a Chevy HHR was being arrested, Chadrick Spencer, 17, allowed his silver Buick to roll forward, striking one of the officers, police said. Neither Spencer nor his passenger, JaVohn Brown, 16, obeyed orders to put their hands up and get out of the car. Read more

Brown reached down for something near his seat and Officer Scott Rich fired, hitting him in the arm.

This was the 19th police shooting in Florida in 2012.

The same day, one officer shot one person in Lake Nona .

Four days later, one officer shot one person in Beverly Hills .

2 ways this case compares to others

  1. Brown did not immediately comply with police instruction, a factor in nearly a quarter of shootings.
  2. Police thought Brown, 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.

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