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July 3, 2012 — Orlando

Officers stopped an SUV carrying Antonio Stephens around 10:30 p.m. Stephens was a suspect in the theft of a different vehicle.

Stephens, 28, jumped out of the SUV with a rifle.

Officer Christopher Brillant screamed "gun, gun, gun." When Stephens leveled the weapon at police, Brillant, Officer Brian Devitt and Officer Yong Hall fired. Stephens dropped the rifle and ran. During a foot pursuit, Brillant and an unnamed officer shot at Stephens when he reached for a handgun in his waistband. Stephens finally fell to the ground, wounded. Read more

He was sentenced to three years in prison for aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

This was the 72nd police shooting in Florida in 2012.

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

Two days later, one officer shot one person in St. Petersburg .

4 ways this case compares to others

  1. Stephens was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  2. Stephens was fleeing from police or a crime scene, which is true in a quarter of shootings.
  3. Officers was chasing Stephens on foot before shooting him. Officers shot 105 people during foot pursuits.
  4. Stephens pointed a weapon at officers. Twenty-eight percent of shootings involved people who police say pointed a weapon at them.

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