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Oct. 10, 2013 — Tallahassee

Deputy Tyler Epstein tried to pull over Nicholas Smith's black BMW for careless driving. Smith refused to stop.

Epstein says Smith, 21, accelerated and weaved in and out of traffic, almost hitting an oncoming car.

When two additional deputies arrived, Epstein pulled in front of Smith and they boxed in his car. Smith pulled over and Epstein approached the BMW. Read more

As he reached the front driver's side, Smith started to pull away, knocking the deputy to the ground.

Epstein fired three shots at Smith, who drove off. He was stopped a short distance away and was taken to the hospital with one bullet wound in his shoulder.

This was the 102nd police shooting in Florida in 2013.

15 days earlier, five officers shot one person in Port Orange .

One day later, two officers shot one person in Lakeland .

3 ways this case compares to others

  1. Deputy Epstein was involved in one other shooting from 2009 to 2014. Eighty-five officers were involved in more than one shooting during that time period.
  2. Smith was fleeing from police or a crime scene, which is true in a quarter of shootings.
  3. This shooting came after an officer pulled over Smith for a traffic violation. Seventy-seven cases began with a traffic stop.

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