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Oct. 1, 2011 — Winter Park

At around 1 a.m., police responded to a call about a suspicious vehicle at an intersection in Winter Park. Deputies found Wadkys Napoleon, 24, passed out in his car at a traffic light.

When an officer tried to remove Napoleon's keys from the ignition, he woke up and sped away, reportedly clipping the officer with his car. Deputies pursued Napoleon through Winter Pines Golf Club, eventually cornering Napoleon in a street with no outlet.

Napoleon still tried to flee, reversing into a patrol car and then driving over a lawn. He then reportedly veered toward Deputy Joseph Feisthammel, who fired four shots at Napoleon, striking him in the right pinkie finger. Read more

Napoleon was apprehended nearby.

He was convicted of, among other things, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and resisting with violence, and sentenced to 15 years in prison.

This was the 98th police shooting in Florida in 2011.

Two days earlier, two officers shot one person in Fort Myers .

Three days later, two officers shot one person in Deland .

4 ways this case compares to others

  1. Napoleon was shot after injuring an officer with a vehicle. That's extremely rare; it happened only 20 times.
  2. Napoleon was drinking alcohol before being shot. That’s true in about 10 percent of police shootings.
  3. Napoleon and 94 other people who police shot reportedly drove at an officer.
  4. Napoleon was fleeing from police or a crime scene, which is true in a quarter of shootings.

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