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April 18, 2009 — Pembroke Park

Around 3 a.m., undercover deputies confronted Luke Singletary as he was pulling a gun in an attempt to rob a Circle K.

They had received a tip that he might be the “saggy pants robber,” responsible for 28 robberies.

Authorities said that deputies fired at Singletary, 19, as he ran away, hitting him in the buttocks. Deputies arrested Singletary and a handgun was recovered. Read more

Meanwhile, Terrence Williams, 20, Singletary's getaway driver, tried to run over deputies while fleeing, forcing them to shot him as well, they said. He got away and was arrested later, when he showed up at a hospital for treatment.

Four deputies fired at the men: Bruce Link, Ronald Miller, Matthew Marks and Armando Enrique.

Singletary was sentenced to 26 years in prison, and Williams to 15 years.

This was the 47th police shooting in Florida in 2009.

The same day, three officers shot one person in St. Augustine .

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

5 ways this case compares to others

  1. Deputy Miller was involved in two other shootings from 2009 to 2014. Only 10 officers were involved in more than two shootings in that time period.
  2. Singletary was one of 36 people shot in the back by police.
  3. Singletary was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  4. Singletary was suspected of being involved in an armed robbery. That's true in 1 of every 9 police .
  5. Williams and 94 other people who police shot reportedly drove at an officer.

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