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Dec. 26, 2009 — Aventura

The day after Christmas, police responded to a call about an enraged motorist in a black Mustang who had pointed a handgun at another driver at Aventura Mall.

Around 4:30 p.m., an officer pulled over a Mustang. Audley Clarke, 23, jumped from the car and fled into a parking garage near JC Penny.

Officer Luis Chaidez, who had arrived to assist, said Clarke turned while running and then he heard a gunshot. Read more

Chaidez returned fire, wounding Clarke in the lower back. CBS4 television news quoted a witness who disputed the police version of events, saying the only shots he heard were fired by police.

A silver handgun was found on the ground near Clarke. Adjudication was withheld and Clarke was put on five years probation.

This was the 133rd police shooting in Florida in 2009.

The same day, three officers shot one person in Fort Lauderdale .

Also on the same day, three officers shot one person in St. Petersburg .

5 ways this case compares to others

  1. Evidence in this case, and accounts given by officers and witnesses, included conflicting details. That was true for 27 other cases.
  2. Clarke was one of 36 people shot in the back by police.
  3. Clarke was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  4. Clarke was fleeing from police or a crime scene, which is true in a quarter of shootings.
  5. Officer was chasing Clarke on foot before shooting him. Officers shot 105 people during foot pursuits.

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