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Oct. 10, 2010 — Royal Palm Beach

Jeremy Hutton, 17, was shot by Palm Beach County sheriff's Deputy Jason Franqui after a low-speed car chase.

According to news reports, Hutton's mother called 911 to report her son, who has Down Syndrome and the mental capacity of a young child.

Sheriff's cruisers pursued the minivan to an intersection. Read more

As Hutton slowly crossed the intersection and bumped into a patrol cruiser, Franqui fired six shots; three hit Hutton, critically injuring him, and two hit another car.

Sutton's minivan then slammed into another car.

According to news reports, the deputy said Hutton was driving toward him, but a video showed Hutton was actually driving away from him, and bullet holes were found in the side and back of the minivan.

Franqui was cleared by am internal sheriff's investigation and the State Attorney's Office.

In 2014, Hutton's family sued the Sheriff's Office and two years later the agency settled for $450,000, conceding that Franqui should not have continued to fire at the minivan as it pulled away.

This was the 80th police shooting in Florida in 2010.

Nine days earlier, one officer shot one person in Palatka .

Two days later, one officer shot one person in Clearwater .

3 ways this case compares to others

  1. Hutton and 94 other people who police shot reportedly drove at an officer.
  2. A civil lawsuit was filed in response to Hutton's shooting. Ninety other cases led to lawsuits.
  3. Hutton showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.

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