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April 24, 2012 — Lantana

Justin Heffernan, Jr., 19, was shot by canine Deputy Charles Hardy of the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office.

According to a news report, the auto theft unit was tracking stolen cars when deputies saw Heffernan and his father, Justin Heffernan, Sr. run to a blue pickup truck.

The two were ordered to stop, but the younger Heffernan jumped into the driver's seat and drove toward the deputies, officials said. Read more

Hardy then fired at the truck but did not know if he hit anyone. Justin Heffernan was later taken to a hospital with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound.

According to news reports, he was charged with aggravated assault on law enforcement. In 2013, he was sentenced to five years in prison for offenses including fleeing and grand theft.

This was the 41st police shooting in Florida in 2012.

Two days earlier, one officer shot one person in Panama City .

Four days later, three officers shot two people in Daytona Beach .

2 ways this case compares to others

  1. Heffernan and 94 other people who police shot reportedly drove at an officer.
  2. Heffernan was fleeing from police or a crime scene, which is true in a quarter of shootings.

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