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April 20, 2013 — West Palm Beach

Craig Demps, 22, carjacked a white pickup at a Lake Worth restaurant, authorities said.

Deputy Valran Venner spotted the truck and pursued it. Demps pulled over, got out of the car and ran. Authorities said that Venner found Demps across the street in the parking lot of a Marriott Hotel, crouching behind a car.

Demps refused commands to show his hands and instead started to reach into his waistband, slightly turning toward the officer. Venner believed that he was reaching for a gun and fired two shots, killing him. Read more

2 ways this case compares to others

  1. Police thought Demps, who was unarmed, was reaching for a weapon before shooting him. Thirty-eight unarmed people were shot when police said they saw them reach for something.
  2. Officer was chasing Demps on foot before shooting him. Officers shot 105 people during foot pursuits.

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