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April 27, 2009 — Clearwater

Around 9 p.m., Jeffrey Lee, 19, was critically wounded during an undercover operation to buy cocaine.

Police attempted to box in Lee's car in the parking lot of a McDonald's on Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard. According to police, Lee accelerated into the first pinch car, then continued to swerve and accelerate.

An undercover sergeant fired into the windshield of Lee's car as the lead detective fired into the driver's window. Read more

The unnamed officers were cleared by a shooting review board and Lee was eventually sentenced to prison on charges that included trafficking in cocaine, resisting arrest and aggravated assault on a LEO.

This was the 52nd police shooting in Florida in 2009.

Two days earlier, three officers shot one person in Defuniak Springs .

Seven days later, one officer shot one person in Fort Lauderdale .

3 ways this case compares to others

  1. Lee was shot during an undercover sting. That was true in less than four percent of cases.
  2. Officers shot 14 bullets. The average was eight.
  3. Lee and 94 other people who police shot reportedly drove at an officer.

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