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April 26, 2014 — Jacksonville

Officer Cliff Sames was investigating a potential suspect in a hit-and-run when he walked into Devon Rashad Spencer's front yard.

According to authorities, Sames saw several men and was about to talk to them when someone fired a shot in his direction.

A witness says Spencer, 23, fired one shot from an AK-47 assault rifle while in a red sport utility vehicle parked in the yard. He then fled. Read more

Sames said that he saw a handgun in Spencer's hand. During the foot chase, Sames fired at Spencer, hitting him in the shoulder and upper leg.

He was eventually found hiding in a nearby shed.

The rifle was found inside the house, apparently hidden in the attic by someone at the scene.

Spencer denied he was the one who fired the rifle and said he merely ran away.

He was convicted and sentenced to 10 years in prison for possession of a weapon by a felon.

This was the 41st police shooting in Florida in 2014.

Two days earlier, two officers shot one person in Lehigh Acres .

One day later, three officers shot one person in St. Petersburg .

4 ways this case compares to others

  1. Spencer fired shots at police, which happened in 15 percent of shootings.
  2. Spencer was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  3. Spencer was fleeing from police or a crime scene, which is true in a quarter of shootings.
  4. Officer was chasing Spencer on foot before shooting him. Officers shot 105 people during foot pursuits.

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