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April 5, 2012 — Kissimmee

A St. Cloud SWAT team was raiding a house in Kissimmee at about 2 p.m., looking for armed drug dealers.

Officer Scott Wetherhold kicked open a door in the house, and stuck the barrel of his AR-15 assault rifle through the doorway. Officer Elbert "John" Nettles saw the rifle barrel and assumed it belonged to a drug dealer. He fired, taking off half of Officer Wetherhold's right middle finger.

Investigators blamed the accident on failed communications and poor planning for such a high-risk search warrant. Teams from St. Cloud and Kissimmee police, for instance, were conducting simultaneous raids on neighboring houses. Read more

Nettles received a written reprimand for the targeting error. He was promoted to sergeant later in the year.

Wetherhold returned to duty.

This was the 34th police shooting in Florida in 2012.

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

One day later, two officers shot one person in Palm Beach Gardens .

3 ways this case compares to others

  1. Officer Nettles 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. Wetherhold was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.

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