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June 7, 2013 — Hobe Sound

Martin County Sheriff's Sgt. James Warren responded to a call about a suspicious vehicle around 1:30 a.m.

He found Richard Haston, 39, sitting in his Jeep Grand Cherokee with girlfriend Hannah Colley, 18, outside of Scooter's Food, Fun and Spirits. Deputy Warren tried to arrest Haston for having an open can of beer and the two began to struggle outside the car.

Haston eventually got back in the vehicle. Warren stood with his hand on the hood of the SUV and drew his weapon, telling Haston to turn off the engine. Read more

Warren said Haston tried to run him over so he opened fire, shooting through the windshield, hitting Haston twice in the chest and killing him.

Warren was cleared by a grand jury.

Haston's family planned to file a lawsuit against the sheriff's office. "Reports from the Martin County Sheriff's Department simply state that Deputy Warren was in fear for his life. That is unfounded," their attorney, Phyllis Gillespie, said. "Mr. Haston was fatally shot twice in the chest while having his hands in the surrendering position. There was no threat; it was uncalled for." The lawsuit is pending, the attorney told the Times.

This was the 61st police shooting in Florida in 2013.

Seven days earlier, one officer shot one person in Lake City .

One day later, one officer shot one person in Bradenton .

4 ways this case compares to others

  1. Officer approached Haston after he was suspected of committing a minor crime. That’s true in 1 of every 12 cases.
  2. Haston was shot after resisting arrest. A total of 114 people were shot while resisting arrest.
  3. Haston and 94 other people who police shot reportedly drove at an officer.
  4. A civil lawsuit was filed in response to Haston's shooting. Ninety other cases led to lawsuits.

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