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Jan. 4, 2010 — Tampa

On the night of Jan. 4, 2010, police responded to an Amscot on N Armenia Avenue after getting a call about a man trying to pass counterfeit bills.

While they were questioning Walter Whittaker, 24, he jumped into his black Audi and fled, backing into Officer Rodney Rivera. Despite Rivera firing several shots, Whittaker was able to speed away.

Shortly afterward, police received a tip that Whittaker may have dumped the Audi and gotten into a white Chevrolet Tahoe. Around 9 p.m., they found the Tahoe and Whittaker, who was in the back seat with a leg wound. Read more

3 ways this case compares to others

  1. Whittaker was shot after injuring an officer with a vehicle. That's extremely rare; it happened only 20 times.
  2. Officer approached Whittaker after he was suspected of committing a minor crime. That’s true in 1 of every 12 cases.
  3. Whittaker was fleeing from police or a crime scene, which is true in a quarter of shootings.

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