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July 18, 2009 — Sarasota

Sarasota police responded to a call reporting a man harassing a woman at a restaurant.

They found Jan Patrick Squire, 37, driving his pickup toward the exit of a parking garage near a movie theater. Police ordered him to stop but Squire refused and drove at two officers, striking one in the shins.

That officer, Helios Blanco, fired four shots, striking Squire once in the chest. Read more

Squire recovered from the shooting and was found guilty of aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer.

This was the 82nd police shooting in Florida in 2009.

The same day, two officers shot one person in Riviera Beach .

14 days later, one officer shot one person in Miami .

3 ways this case compares to others

  1. Squire was shot after injuring an officer with a vehicle. That's extremely rare; it happened only 20 times.
  2. Squire and 94 other people who police shot reportedly drove at an officer.
  3. Squire was fleeing from police or a crime scene, which is true in a quarter of shootings.

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