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Nov. 26, 2013 — Orlando

A traffic stop turned deadly when Orlando police Officer Derek Briscoe fatally shot Brian Christopher Leggitt.

Leggitt, 31, had fled an earlier traffic stop. The officer said that he was approaching Leggitt's car at about 6 a.m. when Leggitt threw it in reverse, smashing into Briscoe's cruiser.

Leggitt had been released from jail on bond earlier in the month after a domestic-battery arrest. He had been released from state prison in July 2012. Read more

Briscoe said Leggitt told him he wasn't going to jail, before throwing the car in reverse and hitting Briscoe.

Briscoe was given an Award of Merit for his "quick thinking" in the shooting, even though an investigator with the state attorney's office noted a discrepancy between Briscoe's story and the account provided by a witness.

Briscoe died from an apparent heart attack in June 2015 at the age of 32, officials said.

This was the 125th police shooting in Florida in 2013.

Three days earlier, two officers shot one person in Belle Glade .

Seven days later, one officer shot one person in Fort Walton Beach .

4 ways this case compares to others

  1. Leggitt was one of 25 people who were shot after telling someone that he wouldn't go to jail or back to prison.
  2. Leggitt and 94 other people who police shot reportedly drove at an officer.
  3. Leggitt 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 Leggitt for a traffic violation. Seventy-seven cases began with a traffic stop.

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