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Jan. 8, 2009 — Plantation

Carl Brewster, 27, was sitting at a gas station in a stolen car.

The car's owner had tricked him into meeting there and called the police. Officers arrived and ordered Brewster out of the car. He did not comply and reportedly said, "Shoot me." Multiple officers tried to get Brewster out of the car, but he fought back.

Sgt. Alfred Stanco, who was halfway in the car through the driver's window, hit him with a stun gun multiple times. Read more

The sergeant was reaching into the car, fighting with Brewster and trying to grab the keys, when Brewster started the car and accelerated into two parked vehicles, with Stanco dangling out the window.

When Brewster put the car in reverse and started accelerating, as if to run over the injured sergeant, officers Michael Hanlon, Douglas Powell and Brian Radziwon opened fire and shot Brewster 13 times.

He died at the scene.

The three officers were cleared by a grand jury.

This was the third police shooting in Florida in 2009.

Four days earlier, one officer shot one person in Jacksonville .

One day later, two officers shot one person in Panama City .

5 ways this case compares to others

  1. Brewster did not immediately comply with police instruction, a factor in nearly a quarter of shootings.
  2. Brewster was shot after injuring an officer with a vehicle. That's extremely rare; it happened only 20 times.
  3. Officers shot 13 bullets. The average was eight.
  4. Brewster was shot after resisting arrest. A total of 114 people were shot while resisting arrest.
  5. Brewster and 94 other people who police shot reportedly drove at an officer.

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