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July 19, 2014 — Orlando

The shooting of Ta'Von Grayson started when Orlando bicycle police noticed him "acting nervous" in a parking garage as he stood with friends near his Toyota Camry.

Police say they approached and Grayson, 22, jumped in his car and sped away, aiming at one of the officers who had to jump out of the way.

A chase ensued, with officers firing at Grayson's car at separate times as they drove through Orlando. Read more

He was eventually captured when his car became disabled. Grayson was hit eight times.

"He got shot in the head, in the left side," his mother told the Orlando Sentinel. "He got shot in the chest, barely missing his heart. He got shot in the back, barely missing his spine. . . . He also got hit in the stomach area. . . . He lost a kidney. . . . He lost a chunk of his colon. He lost a chunk of his liver. He lost many pieces of his intestines. He got shot in the arm. . . . He got shot too many" times.

After more than a month at Orlando Regional Medical Center, Grayson was moved to the Orange County Jail's medical ward. He faced several charges, including aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated fleeing or eluding, criminal mischief, possession of cocaine, driving with a suspended license, reckless driving, resisting an officer, and leaving the scene of a crash with property damage.

This was the 80th police shooting in Florida in 2014.

Seven days earlier, three officers shot one person in Lady Lake .

Three days later, one officer shot one person in Bell .

5 ways this case compares to others

  1. Officers approached Grayson after he was suspected of committing a minor crime. That’s true in 1 of every 12 cases.
  2. Grayson was one of 36 people shot in the back by police.
  3. Officers shot 29 bullets. The average was eight.
  4. Grayson and 94 other people who police shot reportedly drove at an officer.
  5. Grayson was fleeing from police or a crime scene, which is true in a quarter of shootings.

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