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"The deputy got out of his vehicle, approached the suspect, explained to him why he was being stopped," Smith said. "As he did so, he could smell from the car a strong odor of marijuana."
The suspect then told the deputy he did not have a driver's license or car insurance to show him.
"During the course of the conversation, (the suspect) continually reached on the floorboard and through papers as if he was reaching for something," Smith said.
The officer, realizing he would have to take the suspect in for further questioning, called for backup, Smith said. Meanwhile, the suspect kept reaching for the floorboard, so the deputy asked him to step out of the car.
"That's when the suspect reached over, turned on the vehicle in spite of the verbal warnings of the deputy not to do so. The deputy then drew his duty weapon and gave him verbal demands again to not try to flee," Smith said. "The suspect ignored those verbal commands, began accelerating."
The deputy thought he was going to get run over so he jumped onto car's door sill.
"As he's hanging on to the car, the suspect is now starting to accelerate and reaches for the deputy's gun hand," Smith said.
When the suspect made contact with the deputy's hand, the officer fired a single shot, killing the suspect.
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