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Oct. 21, 2013 — Deland

Officers Joshua Santos and Julian Rioz stopped for a drink at a RaceTrac gas station around 4 p.m.

The clerk told them that a man had just stolen a 24-oz can of Bud Light. Santos approached Sean Grant, 27, as he was getting into a Honda.

Police said that Grant reversed, hitting an occupied vehicle. When Santos was within eight feet of the front of the Honda, Grant revved the engine and drove toward him. Rioz jumped out of the way. Santos fired, hitting Grant in the wrist and the cheek. A bullet also hit William Kitchen, who was sitting in the back seat, in the neck. Read more

Grant drove away. He later claimed that he was fleeing but did not drive at Santos.

In 2015, a jury found him not guilty of aggravated assault against the officers. He was found guilty of leaving the scene of an accident. He already had pleaded no contest to retail theft.

Grant received six months probation. He said that he plans to sue. William Kitchen, 26, filed a lawsuit against the city and Santos, Sean Grant and the owner of the vehicle.

This was the 107th police shooting in Florida in 2013.

One day earlier, one officer shot one person in Boca Raton .

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

4 ways this case compares to others

  1. Officer approached Grant after he was suspected of committing a minor crime. That’s true in 1 of every 12 cases.
  2. Grant and 94 other people who police shot reportedly drove at an officer.
  3. Grant 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 Grant and Kitchen's shooting. Ninety other cases led to lawsuits.

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