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April 17, 2009 — Crestview

While raiding a house as part of a SWAT team to serve a search warrant, Sgt. Matthew Purvines fired three shots at an advancing pit bull.

Two shots hit the pit bull, but one bullet ricocheted off the concrete floor and struck Patrol Officer Lucas N. Kraus in the shin, causing a minor injury.

Officers detained Justin Ray Smith on charges of possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute. Read more

Sgt. Purvines, who was later involved in another shooting for which he and the city were sued, was fired in 2013 after being implicated in a police scandal at the troubled department. Among Purvines' claims about the department were that he and others were pressured by superiors to falsify reports.

This was the 45th police shooting in Florida in 2009.

Two days earlier, one officer shot one person in Hollywood .

One day later, three officers shot one person in St. Augustine .

2 ways this case compares to others

  1. Sgt. Purvines 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.

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