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Dec. 23, 2013 — St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg Police Officer Brian Fernandez was investigating a stolen truck when he walked up to a crowded duplex at 20th Avenue and 11th Street S.

Several people fled, including Quade Everett, 17, who got into a stolen Ford F-150, authorities said. Officer Fernandez shot and wounded Everett, saying he believed the truck was coming toward him.

He fired six shots, hitting Everett twice, in the head and shoulder. Read more

The rookie officer was fired in May 2014 for breaking department rules and essentially lying about where he was standing.

Bullet holes in the passenger side and back window of the vehicle indicated that Fernandez was to the side and behind the truck when he fired. He could not appeal because he had been on the force such a short time.

Everett has seizures and difficulty walking because of his injuries, according to a lawsuit filed by his family against the city, Fernandez and Officer Brian Priest in federal court. It alleges, among other things, that the officers did not aid Everett after the shooting. The officers said they thought Everett was dead.

The suit was dismissed in April 2016, following mediation.

This was the 133rd police shooting in Florida in 2013.

Five days earlier, one officer shot one person in Lauderdale Lakes .

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

2 ways this case compares to others

  1. Evidence in this case, and accounts given by officers and witnesses, included conflicting details. That was true for 27 other cases.
  2. A civil lawsuit was filed in response to Everett's shooting. Ninety other cases led to lawsuits.

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