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May 21, 2010 — Cocoa

Around 11 a.m., deputies and ATF agents were conducting an undercover buy of weapons and drugs when the suspects decided to rob the agent.

As they pointed weapons at him, ATF agent Scott Parela bailed out of the suspect's car. Gunfire was exchanged when deputies tried to block the car from leaving the Winn-Dixie parking lot.

Suspects Beaver Duncan, 23, and Jeremy Williams, 25, were slightly wounded, in the foot and side, respectively. Read more

Their car crashed a short distance away and they were taken into custody. Duncan said that Williams coerced him into the deal.

Parela and Deputies Raonel Barrial and James Sellers were cleared.

This was the 42nd police shooting in Florida in 2010.

Two days earlier, one officer shot one person in Tampa .

Eight days later, two officers shot one person in Jacksonville .

9 ways this case compares to others

  1. Agent Barrial 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. Duncan and Williams fired shots at police, which happened in 15 percent of shootings.
  3. Duncan and Williams were shot during an undercover sting. That was true in less than four percent of cases.
  4. Officers shot 15 bullets. The average was eight.
  5. Duncan was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  6. Williams was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  7. Duncan and Williams were suspected of being involved in an armed robbery. That's true in 1 of every 9 police .
  8. Duncan and Williams were fleeing from police or a crime scene, which is true in a quarter of shootings.
  9. Duncan and Williams pointed a weapon at officers. Twenty-eight percent of shootings involved people who police say pointed a weapon at them.

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