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March 11, 2009 — St. Petersburg

Pinellas sheriff's detectives raided a house on Second Avenue S and arrested a man on drug charges.

The same investigation led them to a house in Childs Park. Brenda McKay, 43, was lying on the couch when deputies burst into the house on 15th Avenue S.

The first deputy through the door accidentally fired his pistol, striking McKay in her right thigh. No arrests were made in the second raid. Read more

McKay sued the Sheriff's office and the deputy. The suits were dismissed after mediation.

This was the 34th police shooting in Florida in 2009.

One day earlier, one officer shot one person in Marathon .

Five days later, one officer shot one person in Miami Beach .

2 ways this case compares to others

  1. McKay was one of 18 innocent bystanders shot by police. Some of them were hostages.
  2. A civil lawsuit was filed in response to McKay's shooting. Ninety other cases led to lawsuits.

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