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May 15, 2009 — Gainesville

Shortly before 1 p.m., Nicholous Weeks, 18, was walking through traffic on a busy street, reaching into cars, grabbing drivers.

The second car he reached into, according to witnesses, may have been his family's. The individuals inside seemed to be trying to calm him.

According to authorities, when Lt. Mike Hanson arrived, Weeks tried to push his sister in front of Hanson's car. Weeks advanced on Hanson, who deployed his Taser. The two struggled and Weeks got on top of Hanson at some point and reached for his gun, according to reports. Read more

Hanson then fired multiple shots, killing Weeks.

Weeks' family, who did not co-operate in the investigation, said he was shot seven times. There were several other witnesses who confirmed Lt. Hanson's version of events.

Hanson reportedly suffered abrasions and even bite marks from the scuffle and was eventually cleared by a grand jury, which ruled that the shooting was justified.

This was the 58th police shooting in Florida in 2009.

The same day, three officers shot one person in Royal Palm Beach .

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

5 ways this case compares to others

  1. Weeks approached police in a threatening manner before being shot. That's true in almost 10% of police shootings.
  2. Weeks did not immediately comply with police instruction, a factor in nearly a quarter of shootings.
  3. Weeks was shot after injuring an officer. That was true in 8 percent of shootings.
  4. Weeks was shot after resisting arrest. A total of 114 people were shot while resisting arrest.
  5. Weeks showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.

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