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Aug. 26, 2012 — Suwannee

Around 2 p.m., Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Derek MacLaren tried to pull over Brent Blevins' maroon Dodge truck.

Blevins had struck a vehicle and had been driving erratically on U.S. 90. According to a later grand jury report, he refused to stop until a Suwannee County Sheriff’s Office car pulled in front of the truck, east of Live Oak.

Blevins, 25, got out of the pickup holding a handgun over his head, refused to drop it and walked toward Trooper MacLaren. MacLaren fired six rounds, hitting Blevins five times in the chest. He died on the way to the hospital. Read more

A friend of Blevins said that he had been drinking and had taken the truck and the gun. An autopsy indicated his blood alcohol level was over the legal impairment limit and that he had methadone in his system.

Blevins family disputed the official account.

This was the 93rd police shooting in Florida in 2012.

Two days earlier, one officer shot two people in Miami .

Two days later, two officers shot one person in Marianna .

4 ways this case compares to others

  1. Blevins was among the 7 percent of people who appeared to be on drugs before being shot.
  2. Blevins was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  3. Blevins was drinking alcohol before being shot. That’s true in about 10 percent of police shootings.
  4. This shooting came after an officer pulled over Blevins for a traffic violation. Seventy-seven cases began with a traffic stop.

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