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Sep. 24, 2009 — Jacksonville

Officer Theodore Burnley pulled over Robert Johnson for rolling through a stop sign.

When he ran his name, the officer found that Johnson was wanted on two traffic warrants. Burnley called for backup and the officers asked Johnson, 44, to get out of the car and tried to arrest him.

Police said that Johnson struggled and the officers drew their Tasers. Johnson fought his way back into the car and tried to drive away as another officer, C.M. Jones, was tangled up with the vehicle. Read more

Jones called to Burnley to shoot, and Burnley fired at least three times as Jones clung to the car. Jones was later treated for minor injuries.

Johnson was taken to a nearby hospital and pronounced dead.

Johnson's criminal record included assault, minor drug possession, trespassing and burglary. In May 1996, court records show he was sentenced to 10 years in prison after being found guilty of burglary.

An internal investigation later ruled that Burnley acted properly by shooting Johnson.

This was the 98th police shooting in Florida in 2009.

The same day, one officer shot two people in Sarasota .

Four days later, one officer shot one person in Starke .

4 ways this case compares to others

  1. Johnson was shot after injuring an officer with a vehicle. That's extremely rare; it happened only 20 times.
  2. Johnson was shot after resisting arrest. A total of 114 people were shot while resisting arrest.
  3. Johnson was fleeing from police or a crime scene, which is true in a quarter of shootings.
  4. This shooting came after an officer pulled over Johnson for a traffic violation. Seventy-seven cases began with a traffic stop.

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