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May 23, 2012 — Fort Pierce

Deputy Corey Speicker tried to pull over a Toyota Rav4 for careless driving about 10 a.m.

Authorities said that as Speicker approached the vehicle, driver Marco Margolis sped away. Speicker and several other deputies chased Margolis at speeds up to 75 mph.

Margolis, 41, struck two sheriff's vehicles and drove through the vacant grounds of a middle school before stopping. As Speicker approached the car again, Margolis drove toward him. Read more

Speicker, Deputy Jason Cannon and Det. John Brady then fired 15 shots at the Rav4.

Margolis was hit, but continued driving until he crashed into a tree a block away.

He fled on foot into a backyard where he was captured. He was later treated for injuries to his shoulder, arm and hand.

Margolis was sentenced to six years and seven months in prison for aggravated assault on law enforcement officers and fleeing.

This was the 51st police shooting in Florida in 2012.

Six days earlier, one officer shot one person in Miami .

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

6 ways this case compares to others

  1. Officers approached Margolis after he was suspected of committing a minor crime. That’s true in 1 of every 12 cases.
  2. Officers shot 15 bullets. The average was eight.
  3. Margolis and 94 other people who police shot reportedly drove at an officer.
  4. Margolis was fleeing from police or a crime scene, which is true in a quarter of shootings.
  5. Officers was chasing Margolis on foot before shooting him. Officers shot 105 people during foot pursuits.
  6. This shooting came after officers pulled over Margolis for a traffic violation. Seventy-seven cases began with a traffic stop.

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