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June 25, 2010 — Lakeland

Around 2:30 a.m., Deputies Paul Fairbanks and Michael Braswell pulled over a bicyclist who was riding without lights.

As they talked to Matthew Tutt, 21, they grew suspicious and told him to lean against their car for a pat-down. Tutt pulled a .45-caliber handgun from his waistband and shot Fairbanks in the left wrist, elbow and stomach.

Tutt then exchanged fire with Braswell. Both fell to the ground, wounded. Read more

Tutt ignored instructions to stay still and reached for his gun and Braswell fired a fatal shot to his head. Braswell's ballistic vest saved him from more serious injury. He suffered contusions to his chest and stomach and a wound to his thigh and buttocks.

Fairbanks’ wounds forced him to retire a year early.

Prosecutors ruled that the shooting was justified.

This was the 49th police shooting in Florida in 2010.

Six days earlier, two officers shot two people in Southwest Ranches .

10 days later, one officer shot one person in Miami .

6 ways this case compares to others

  1. Tutt did not immediately comply with police instruction, a factor in nearly a quarter of shootings.
  2. Tutt was shot after injuring an officer. That was true in 8 percent of shootings.
  3. Tutt fired shots at police, which happened in 15 percent of shootings.
  4. Officers shot 14 bullets. The average was eight.
  5. Tutt was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  6. This shooting came after officers pulled over Tutt for a traffic violation. Seventy-seven cases began with a traffic stop.

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