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Sep. 22, 2011 — Tallahassee

On Sept. 22, 2011, Leon County sheriff's Deputy Michael Crego pulled over Fernando Lazaro, 29, who was suspected of leaving the scene of a crash.

Officials say Lazaro refused to get out of his pickup truck and instead accelerated toward Deputy Crego.

Credo fired, hitting Lazaro once in each shoulder. It turned out that the truck was stolen. Read more

Lazaro was sentenced to seven years in prison and detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. A grand jury found that the shooting was justified.

This was the 94th police shooting in Florida in 2011.

Two days earlier, four officers shot one person in Tampa .

Four days later, one officer shot one person in St. Petersburg .

3 ways this case compares to others

  1. Lazaro and 94 other people who police shot reportedly drove at an officer.
  2. Lazaro 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 Lazaro for a traffic violation. Seventy-seven cases began with a traffic stop.

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