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June 5, 2014 — Lauderhill

Deputies were looking for suspects who robbed two women outside a North Lauderdale restaurant.

Steven Thompson, 26, was tracked to an apartment complex. Deputies said that Thompson ran through the hallways after confronted, then turned and fired at Deputy Gerald Wengert. Wengert returned fire, wounding him. Thompson died at the hospital.

The sheriff's office said that Thompson had been arrested 29 times since 2003. Inisha Christopher, 24, the other suspect, was arrested June 7. Read more

6 ways this case compares to others

  1. Deputy Wengert 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. Thompson fired shots at police, which happened in 15 percent of shootings.
  3. Thompson was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  4. Thompson was suspected of being involved in an armed robbery. That's true in 1 of every 9 police .
  5. Thompson was fleeing from police or a crime scene, which is true in a quarter of shootings.
  6. Officer was chasing Thompson on foot before shooting him. Officers shot 105 people during foot pursuits.

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