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Aug. 19, 2010 — Sarasota

Harry Lee Bell, 30, was linked to a hit-and-run and fled the scene. Bell was pursued by police on U.S. 41 to Clark Road and Beneva Road.

Police said that after Bell stopped, he pointed a gun out the driver side window at Officer Darrell Seckendorf. Bell refused to leave his green Dodge Dakota truck. He waved the gun at the deputies.

Sgt. Jack Blessee and Deputies Gabe Eckert, Brian Biegel, Bryan Ivings, John Swinney and David Micheel opened fire. Read more

Bell was shot in the head, but survived and was airlifted to the hospital. Court records show that Bell was unable to stand trial on the charges.

Deputies subsequently learned that the truck was stolen and Bell may have been responsible for several robberies.

This was the 67th police shooting in Florida in 2010.

Four days earlier, one officer shot one person in Davie .

One day later, two officers shot one person in Miami .

3 ways this case compares to others

  1. Bell was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  2. Bell was fleeing from police or a crime scene, which is true in a quarter of shootings.
  3. Bell pointed a weapon at officers. Twenty-eight percent of shootings involved people who police say pointed a weapon at them.

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