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June 16, 2012 — Melbourne

Brevard County Sheriff’s Deputy James Harrison attempted to pull over Benjamin Dykeman, who was driving erratically.

Dykeman, 31, was intoxicated and stopped initially. Then he backed into Harrison's patrol car and fled, ultimately crashing into a light pole.

Harrison, who was following Dykeman, got out of his vehicle at the scene of the crash. Dykeman then reversed quickly toward Harrison, who fired four shots into the driver’s side door. Read more

A witness told investigators that Harrison loudly told Dykeman to stop the car before he started shooting.

Dykeman later died. Harrison’s actions were ruled justified.

This was the 63rd police shooting in Florida in 2012.

Two days earlier, one officer shot one person in Sunrise .

Four days later, one officer shot one person in Tallahassee .

4 ways this case compares to others

  1. Dykeman was drinking alcohol before being shot. That’s true in about 10 percent of police shootings.
  2. Dykeman and 94 other people who police shot reportedly drove at an officer.
  3. Dykeman was fleeing from police or a crime scene, which is true in a quarter of shootings.
  4. This shooting came after an officer pulled over Dykeman for a traffic violation. Seventy-seven cases began with a traffic stop.

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