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Jan. 24, 2009 — Lighthouse Point

Thomas Skiba, 29, had already fled an accident in Pompano Beach when he was spotted driving recklessly in a residential area by Officer Brian Tarbox.

According to authorities, Tarbox followed Skiba's Dodge Ram truck down a dead-end street and got out of his patrol car. Skiba turned around and drove directly at the officer, striking his vehicle.

Tarbox fired at Skiba, who drove on. Read more

The officer followed on foot. Skiba saw him and reversed the truck, attempting to back over him. Tarbox fired again, striking Skiba in the buttocks. Again Skiba drove on but this time he crashed into a wall and was arrested by other officers who arrived as backup.

Skiba was sentenced to three years in prison.

This was the ninth police shooting in Florida in 2009.

Three days earlier, one officer shot one person in Riviera Beach .

One day later, one officer shot one person in West Palm Beach .

4 ways this case compares to others

  1. Skiba was one of 36 people shot in the back by police.
  2. Skiba and 94 other people who police shot reportedly drove at an officer.
  3. Officer was chasing Skiba on foot before shooting him. Officers shot 105 people during foot pursuits.
  4. This shooting came after an officer pulled over Skiba for a traffic violation. Seventy-seven cases began with a traffic stop.

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