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Jan. 5, 2010 — Orlando

Around 8 p.m., sheriff's deputies from the auto theft unit had a stolen Dodge Ram under surveillance in an apartment complex parking lot.

Authorities say that Torey Breedlove, 27, left in the stolen truck. Just before 5 a.m., they watched him return in the Dodge and unload items into a Denali Yukon, but they waited until he got back into the SUV and started the engine before they approached.

Breedlove rammed and sideswiped several vehicles trying to escape but was eventually surrounded by deputies with guns drawn. A witness later said that Breedlove raised his hands but deputies said that they heard an engine revving, as if to accelerate, and opened fire. Read more

Nine deputies fired 137 rounds, striking the unarmed man 22 times and killing him.

It turned out that the revving engine was a deputy's SUV, not Breedlove's vehicle.

The deputies were cleared by a grand jury and the sheriff's office.

Breedlove's sister sued for wrongful death on behalf of his four children. A settlement was reached for $450,000, minus $225,000 in attorneys' fees and costs.

U.S. District Judge Gregory A. Presnell wrote in the civil suit that "the conduct at issue here is more akin to an execution than an attempt to arrest an unarmed suspect."

This was the third police shooting in Florida in 2010.

One day earlier, one officer shot one person in Pembroke Pines .

Four days later, one officer shot one person in Fort Myers .

5 ways this case compares to others

  1. Deputy Volkerson 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. A SWAT or tactical team was involved in the incident. Tactical teams are involved in 7 percent of police shootings.
  3. Officers shot 137 bullets. The average was eight.
  4. Breedlove was fleeing from police or a crime scene, which is true in a quarter of shootings.
  5. A civil lawsuit was filed in response to Breedlove's shooting. Ninety other cases led to lawsuits.

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