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Jan. 17, 2013 — Fruitland Park

Lake County sheriff's Deputies Jason Dunlap and Billy Walls were looking for Jeremy Donye Walker, who wanted in an assault.

When they tracked Walker, 25, to a home in Fruitland Park, they said that he jumped in a car and accelerated toward Dunlap. Dunlap opened fire with a high-powered rifle, striking Walker five times, including a shot in the back.

Walker survived the shooting and, months later, was found not guilty of trying to run over the deputies. "There was just no evidence he was trying to run over the deputies," defense lawyer Chmari Anderson told the Daily Commercial. Read more

The jury convicted Walker on a marijuana charge and resisting without violence but found him not guilty of aggravated assault on an officer and possession of cocaine.

Dunlap was cleared in the shooting.

This was the 14th police shooting in Florida in 2013.

The same day, one officer shot one person in Miami .

Four days later, one officer shot one person in Vero Beach .

6 ways this case compares to others

  1. Deputy Dunlap was involved in one other shooting from 2009 to 2014. Eighty-five officers were involved in more than one shooting during that time period.
  2. Evidence in this case, and accounts given by officers and witnesses, included conflicting details. That was true for 27 other cases.
  3. Walker was among the 7 percent of people who appeared to be on drugs before being shot.
  4. Walker was one of 36 people shot in the back by police.
  5. Walker and 94 other people who police shot reportedly drove at an officer.
  6. Walker was fleeing from police or a crime scene, which is true in a quarter of shootings.

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