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July 1, 2014 — Zephyrhills

A Pasco County Sheriff’s Office task force staged a buy-and-bust operation at Big Ben’s Tires in Zephyrhills.

The target, Jerry Dwight Brown, 41, a convicted felon, sold a bag of pills to an undercover agent inside a sting vehicle.

When supporting deputies moved in to arrest Brown, they say that he refused to show his hands and reached toward his front pocket. Sgt. Clinton Cabbage fired three times, hitting Brown twice. He twisted and again reached for his pocket. Det. Daniel Green shot Brown once. Read more

Brown, who was unarmed, died in the hospital.

Both deputies were cleared and the shooting was ruled justified by the state attorney. But State Attorney Bernie McCabe suggested deputies watch film of the shooting “with an eye towards conducting further operations of this type in such a manner as to minimize the risk of the need to utilize deadly force.”

This was the 75th police shooting in Florida in 2014.

The same day, two officers shot one person in Jacksonville .

Two days later, one officer shot one person in Fort Lauderdale .

5 ways this case compares to others

  1. Sgt. Cabbage 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. Det. Green was involved in two other shootings from 2009 to 2014. Only 10 officers were involved in more than two shootings in that time period.
  3. Brown did not immediately comply with police instruction, a factor in nearly a quarter of shootings.
  4. 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.
  5. Brown was shot during an undercover sting. That was true in less than four percent of cases.

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