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April 21, 2009 — Fort Lauderdale

Around 7 p.m., Donnell Miller sold $100 worth of crack cocaine to a confidential informant in a drug sting.

When deputies moved in to take him into custody, Miller, 22, reversed his car, hitting two deputies and other vehicles, according to police.

Deputies Christopher Mazzola, Andrew Carderelli, George Anthony and Matthew Werder fired 35 rounds at Miller's car, killing him. Read more

Miller's mother questioned the shooting. "There could have been other ways to apprehend him," Deborah Miller, 53, told the Sun-Sentinel.

She sued the sheriff's office, but a judge dismissed the case for lack of specific citation of the policy or practice that led to Miller's death.

This was the 50th police shooting in Florida in 2009.

The same day, one officer shot one person in Tampa .

Four days later, three officers shot one person in Defuniak Springs .

8 ways this case compares to others

  1. Deputy Cardarelli 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. Deputy Mazzola was involved in one other shooting from 2009 to 2014. Eighty-five officers were involved in more than one shooting during that time period.
  3. Officers approached Miller after he was suspected of committing a minor crime. That’s true in 1 of every 12 cases.
  4. Miller was shot during an undercover sting. That was true in less than four percent of cases.
  5. Officers shot 35 bullets. The average was eight.
  6. Miller and 94 other people who police shot reportedly drove at an officer.
  7. Miller was fleeing from police or a crime scene, which is true in a quarter of shootings.
  8. A civil lawsuit was filed in response to Miller's shooting. Ninety other cases led to lawsuits.

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