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Dec. 8, 2014 — Orlando

Officers responded to reports of a car stolen from a RaceTrac gas station.

Officers found the car in the parking lot of the Timber Sound apartment complex a short distance away. Suspect Cedric Bartee, 28, and Henry Chaney, his alleged accomplice, were entering the car as police identified the stolen vehicle.

Several marked and unmarked police cars surrounded the suspects' vehicle, blocking its exit. Read more

Officers yelled for Bartee, who was behind the wheel, and Chaney to stop what they were doing and exit the vehicle, but they did not, according to the sheriff's office. Sgt. Robert McCarthy claimed Bartee was making "extensive furtive movements," moving his hands in and out of sight while officers told him to keep his hands up.

McCarthy discharged three bullets, wounding Bartee in the chest.

Witnesses claim Bartee had his hands up the entire time, complying with officers.

Law enforcement officials did not find any weapons in the car.

A grand jury determined that McCarthy took "reasonable steps" to defend himself.

Bartee faced a felony charge of grand theft auto, and prosecutors tagged on misdemeanor charges of possession of marijuana and resisting arrest, claiming Bartee refused orders to put his hands in the air.

This was the 120th police shooting in Florida in 2014.

One day earlier, one officer shot one person in Titusville .

Three days later, three officers shot one person in Palm Beach Gardens .

2 ways this case compares to others

  1. Bartee did not immediately comply with police instruction, a factor in nearly a quarter of shootings.
  2. Police thought Bartee, who was unarmed, was reaching for a weapon before shooting him. Thirty-eight unarmed people were shot when police said they saw them reach for something.

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