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Oct. 30, 2010 — Orlando

At about 8:30 p.m., Deputy Brian Hummel pulled over Bruce Lee Smith for a routine traffic stop.

A woman and a child got out of the passenger side. Hummel checked the car and found it had been reported stolen.

The deputy was standing between the opened driver's door and the car when he ordered Smith, 21, to get out. Instead, according to Hummel, Smith accelerated, trapping the deputy between the door and the vehicle and dragging him several feet. Read more

Hummel pulled his gun and fired a shot at Smith before freeing himself. Smith drove away and was later found hiding at a Publix supermarket three miles away.

He was treated at the hospital for undisclosed injuries.

Hummel was treated for minor injuries.

In 2010, Smith was sentenced to 15 years in prison for aggravated assault on an officer.

He appealed for post-conviction relief based on inadequate counsel.

This was the 89th police shooting in Florida in 2010.

The same day, two officers shot one person in Orlando .

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

5 ways this case compares to others

  1. Smith did not immediately comply with police instruction, a factor in nearly a quarter of shootings.
  2. Smith was shot after injuring an officer with a vehicle. That's extremely rare; it happened only 20 times.
  3. Smith was shot after resisting arrest. A total of 114 people were shot while resisting arrest.
  4. Smith was fleeing from police or a crime scene, which is true in a quarter of shootings.
  5. This shooting came after an officer pulled over Smith for a traffic violation. Seventy-seven cases began with a traffic stop.

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