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Oct. 26, 2013 — West Palm Beach

Officer Christopher Nebbeling was patrolling the annual Moonfest Halloween party when he responded to a shots-fired call.

A neighbor gave a description of the suspects' car. Nebbeling followed the SUV until the driver crashed into a median near Howard Park around 8:15 p.m.

Police said that as Nebbeling was getting out of his patrol car, Dimetri Polen, 24, got out of the back seat of the Explorer and pointed an assault rifle at him. Nebbeling fired 12 shots, killing Polen. Read more

The two other people in the car were not charged.

Police believed the initial shooting was related to gang violence. They said that shell casings found at the initial scene matched Polen's AK-47.

Deborah Polen said that her son was not involved with gangs and did not believe the police version of events. She filed a civil suit in federal court against Nebbeling and the sheriff in 2015.

This was the 113th police shooting in Florida in 2013.

The same day, one officer shot one person in Clearwater .

One day later, one officer shot one person in Jacksonville .

5 ways this case compares to others

  1. The officer shot 12 bullets. The average was eight.
  2. Polen was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  3. Polen was fleeing from police or a crime scene, which is true in a quarter of shootings.
  4. A civil lawsuit was filed in response to Polen's shooting. Ninety other cases led to lawsuits.
  5. Polen pointed a weapon at officers. Twenty-eight percent of shootings involved people who police say pointed a weapon at them.

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