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Sep. 2, 2012 — Orlando

Police were waiting outside the Suburban Extended Stay hotel where they thought wanted felon Rafael Harrison was staying.

When officers spotted Harrison, 26, getting into a black Monte Carlo, they blocked the vehicle, got out of their unmarked cars and attempted to detain Harrison.

Harrison tried to escape by ramming Deputy William Rauscher's car, pushing it toward the deputy. Rauscher fired eight shots through the windshield at Harrison. Deputy Ian Wasserman fired six shots into the driver's side of Harrison's car. Read more

Harrison was transported to Orlando Regional Medical Center for non-life-threatening injuries to his neck and left arm.

He was found guilty on charges of grand theft, possession of a controlled substance and fleeing.

His previous record included seven felony and eight misdemeanor convictions.

This was the 96th police shooting in Florida in 2012.

One day earlier, two officers shot one person in Treasure Island .

Three days later, three officers shot one person in Orlando .

3 ways this case compares to others

  1. Officers shot 14 bullets. The average was eight.
  2. Harrison and 94 other people who police shot reportedly drove at an officer.
  3. Harrison was fleeing from police or a crime scene, which is true in a quarter of shootings.

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