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June 25, 2009 — Orlando

Deputies were planning to arrest Rodney Burton, 16, for driving a stolen Dodge Intrepid, when he pulled into a Chevron gas station.

Deputy Paul Volkerson confronted Burton inside the station. He ran and pulled a handgun, officials said. Volkerson fired, wounding the teenager.

The Orange County Sheriff's Office said that Burton had pulled a gun on the store clerk. The clerk told some media that Burton was purchasing a phone card when the deputies ordered him to the ground. Read more

Burton pleaded guilty to grand theft auto and weapons charges and was sentenced to a year in county jail.

Also shot was Deputy Hope Cieszynski, who just happened to be using the gas station bathroom when a bullet penetrated a wall and struck her in the leg.

This was the 72nd police shooting in Florida in 2009.

Five days earlier, one officer shot one person in Miami .

Two days later, two officers shot one person in Miami .

4 ways this case compares to others

  1. Deputy Volkerson was involved in one other shooting from 2009 to 2014. Eighty-five officers were involved in more than one shooting during that time period.
  2. Cieszynski was one of 18 innocent bystanders shot by police. Some of them were hostages.
  3. Burton was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  4. Burton was shot after resisting arrest. A total of 114 people were shot while resisting arrest.

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