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Jan. 1, 2009 — Miami

Dario Ovejero, 24, had been drinking beers and smoking marijuana with a buddy on New Year's.

While speeding down Dixie Highway, he decided to start running red lights. Officer Jerry Davenport tried to pull Ovejero's Lexus over around 11:15 p.m. but it kept going.

Davenport eventually blocked the Lexus with his patrol car. When the officer approached on foot, Ovejero accelerated the car forward, striking Davenport in the knee. Officer Davenport fired one round and then at least two more before the Lexus plowed into a tree. Ovejero was hit in the chest. His friend was not injured. Read more

Davenport suffered a sprained knee.

Ovejero, charged with DUI, attempted murder and other counts, was sentenced to 10 years probation for fleeing.

This was the first police shooting in Florida in 2009.

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

6 ways this case compares to others

  1. Ovejero was among the 7 percent of people who appeared to be on drugs before being shot.
  2. Ovejero was shot after injuring an officer. That was true in 8 percent of shootings.
  3. Ovejero was drinking alcohol before being shot. That’s true in about 10 percent of police shootings.
  4. Ovejero and 94 other people who police shot reportedly drove at an officer.
  5. Ovejero was fleeing from police or a crime scene, which is true in a quarter of shootings.
  6. This shooting came after an officer pulled over Ovejero for a traffic violation. Seventy-seven cases began with a traffic stop.

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