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March 20, 2010 — Jacksonville

Deputies were investigating Rodney R. Newberry for an open container.

When they asked him if it was alcohol, he ran. The deputies tackled him, but Newberry, 40, pulled out a gun and shot Deputy Ronald Bilyew in the hand and the other deputy, William Shrum, in the foot, officials said.

Bilyew fired back and hit Newberry in the lower back, but Newberry escaped. He was later found at his mother's house. Read more

He was sentenced to life in prison for two counts of attempted murder. After his conviction, Newberry was tried for a December 2009 murder.

He was convicted and is now on death row.

Bilyew and Shrum received the Purple Heart Award from the sheriff's office.

This was the 19th police shooting in Florida in 2010.

The same day, two officers shot one person in Clearwater .

Three days later, one officer shot one person in Lantana .

9 ways this case compares to others

  1. Newberry was shot after injuring an officer. That was true in 8 percent of shootings.
  2. Newberry fired shots at police, which happened in 15 percent of shootings.
  3. Officer approached Newberry after he was suspected of committing a minor crime. That’s true in 1 of every 12 cases.
  4. Newberry was one of 36 people shot in the back by police.
  5. Newberry was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  6. Newberry was shot after resisting arrest. A total of 114 people were shot while resisting arrest.
  7. Newberry was drinking alcohol before being shot. That’s true in about 10 percent of police shootings.
  8. Newberry was fleeing from police or a crime scene, which is true in a quarter of shootings.
  9. Officer was chasing Newberry on foot before shooting him. Officers shot 105 people during foot pursuits.

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