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March 16, 2014 — Pompano Beach

A woman came into a convenience store and complained that a man with a machete had just threatened her.

Deputy Paul Yesbeck, who was in the store, walked to the door and saw Deosaran Maharaj, 51, drive away in a white Chevy Silverado. The truck was filled with coconuts and did not have its lights on.

Yesbeck followed and pulled the truck over. According to authorities, Maharaj got out of his truck but ignored all of the deputy's commands to show his hands and get on the ground. Instead, he returned to the truck and began to rummage around. Yesbeck at some point felt threatened and fired on Maharaj, hitting him several times and killing him. Officials said that the machete was found in the truck. Read more

Maharaj, from Trinidad and with no permanent address, made his living by selling coconuts on the street.

This was the 26th police shooting in Florida in 2014.

Two days earlier, one officer shot one person in Lake City .

Three days later, three officers shot one person in Yulee .

4 ways this case compares to others

  1. Deputy Yesbeck 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. Maharaj did not immediately comply with police instruction, a factor in nearly a quarter of shootings.
  3. Maharaj was armed with a blade/stabbing implement. Only 80 other people were armed the same way.
  4. Maharaj were fleeing from police or a crime scene, which is true in a quarter of shootings.

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