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March 13, 2014 — Hallandale Beach

The Hallandale Beach Police Department worked with the Drug Enforcement Agency to carry out an undercover buy-and-bust drug operation.

Police had witnessed a confidential informant purchase several grams of crack cocaine from Julian Alexander Carson, 35, at least twice. They gave the confidential informant $1,200 to purchase 30 grams of crack from Carson.

After they witnessed the confidential informant buy the drugs, officers and agents surrounded Carson's silver Chevrolet Cruze with their unmarked vehicles to block him in. Read more

Sgt. Brian Hubbert bumped Carson's vehicle intentionally, causing it to roll backward about 10 feet. Carson accelerated in an attempt to flee, authorities said.

His path of escape contained several officers on foot, including Officer Kevin Hebert.

Hebert fired one round through Carson's windshield.

Hubbert bumped Carson's vehicle a second time, causing it to stop.

Police reports conflict about whether that shot came before, after or at the same time as the second bump.

Carson was shot in the left forearm and arrested on charges of aggravated assault and possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute.

Hebert was cleared by an internal investigation.

This was the 24th police shooting in Florida in 2014.

Two days earlier, two officers shot one person in Washington .

One day later, one officer shot one person in Lake City .

6 ways this case compares to others

  1. Officer Hebert 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. Evidence in this case, and accounts given by officers and witnesses, included conflicting details. That was true for 27 other cases.
  3. Carson did not immediately comply with police instruction, a factor in nearly a quarter of shootings.
  4. Carson was shot during an undercover sting. That was true in less than four percent of cases.
  5. Carson and 94 other people who police shot reportedly drove at an officer.
  6. Carson was fleeing from police or a crime scene, which is true in a quarter of shootings.

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