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Oct. 20, 2011 — Crestview

At about 10 p.m., police tried to pull over Jason Chessher, 29, who was driving a stolen Jeep Cherokee.

After a high-speed chase, Chessher eventually stopped in a cul-de-sac on Lonnie Jack Drive.

Five officers approached the Jeep. According to authorities, Sgt. Matthew Purvines shot Chessher when he tried to back over the officer. Purvines fired five shots. Read more

Chessher was hit three times, in the head, shoulder and elbow. An officer deployed a stun gun when Chessher struggled as they tried to remove him.

Charges were dropped after Chessher was unable to stand trial.

Chessher's mother filed a federal lawsuit claiming that Chessher was returning the Jeep to his cousin's husband, that he was compliant and putting the Jeep into park when Purvines saw the backup lights flash, that officers used unnecessary force and that seven shots were fired.

It also questioned Purvines' state of mind. He had testified against a superior officer in a police corruption investigation.

In March 2016, the suit was voluntarily dismissed. The case had gone to mediation in November.

This was the 108th police shooting in Florida in 2011.

Six days earlier, one officer shot one person in Miami .

Two days later, two officers shot one person in Orlando .

5 ways this case compares to others

  1. Sgt. Purvines 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. Chessher was shot after resisting arrest. A total of 114 people were shot while resisting arrest.
  3. Chessher and 94 other people who police shot reportedly drove at an officer.
  4. A civil lawsuit was filed in response to Chessher's shooting. Ninety other cases led to lawsuits.
  5. This shooting came after an officer pulled over Chessher for a traffic violation. Seventy-seven cases began with a traffic stop.

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