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May 6, 2011 — Orlando

Police responded to a robbery call at The Villages apartments. They attempted to pull over a red Camaro on Millenia Boulevard.

Instead, authorities said, driver Marcus Cull, 25, rammed a patrol car before speeding off. The pursuit ended about two miles away where Cull stopped.

Reports state that three people, including Cull, fled from the car. Officer Carlos Villaverde fired three shots from his patrol car. One of them hit Cull in the back as he ran. Read more

Police said that Cull was armed, but he denied this and no weapon was found. Cull was found guilty of aggravated battery and aggravated fleeing and eluding and sentenced to time in county jail. He was not convicted on other charges, including an aggravated battery and a gun charge. Cull appealed.

In 2014, he sued the city of Orlando, Officer Villaverde and Officer Mathew Fleury, claiming they violated his civil rights and stopped his vehicle without cause. Fleury was involved in the pursuit. After a two-day trial, a jury found that Villaverde did not violate Plaintiff’s constitutional right to be free from the use of excessive or unreasonable force during arrest. Cull filed a notice of appeal.

This was the 47th police shooting in Florida in 2011.

Two days earlier, three officers shot one person in Interlachen .

Seven days later, one officer shot one person in North Miami Beach .

5 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. Cull was one of 36 people shot in the back by police.
  3. Cull was fleeing from police or a crime scene, which is true in a quarter of shootings.
  4. Officer was chasing Cull on foot before shooting him. Officers shot 105 people during foot pursuits.
  5. A civil lawsuit was filed in response to Cull's shooting. Ninety other cases led to lawsuits.

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