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May 15, 2010 — Coconut Creek

Police were aware of a string of robberies at cell phone stores in Broward and Palm Beach counties.

Around 3:30 a.m., an off-duty Coconut Creek officer working a detail at a car dealership saw a car park behind a T-Mobile store and turn off its lights. The blue Hyundai Genesis matched the description from a prior robbery.

As officers converged, driver Michael Wilkes accelerated, striking Sgt. William Harrison and knocking him into the air. Harrison and Officer George Vassilakis fired as Wilkes rammed a cruiser head-on. Read more

Front-seat passenger Kerley Jean, 28, was wounded in the gunfire. Rear seat passenger Tyrell Powell, 27, and Wilkes, 31, were not injured.

Wilkes was sentenced to life for the attempted murder of the officer, plus 30 years for burglary, plus time for other charges.

Jean received 10 years for burglary and other charges and Powell got seven years.

This was the 39th police shooting in Florida in 2010.

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

Two days later, four officers shot one person in Bonita Springs .

1 way this case compares to others

  1. Jean was fleeing from police or a crime scene, which is true in a quarter of shootings.

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