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Deputies on leave after man is
shot in hand allegedly evading arrest
[Palm Beach County, FL]


December 11, 2000
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Deputies on leave after man is
shot in hand allegedly evading arrest
[Palm Beach County, FL]

PoliceOne Staff Report
(PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla.) -- Two deputies have been placed on paid administrative leave after a suspect was shot in the hand as he allegedly tried to evade arrest. Deputies Steve Strivelli, 24, and Bobby MacBurnett, 34, will remain on administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal investigation as per routine department procedure for deputy-involved shootings. On Dec. 6, Morris Hunter, 36, was shot in the left hand after the pickup truck he was driving "lunged" at deputies, according to police accounts. Hunter was taken to JFK Medical Center in Atlantis. At 5:20 a.m. while deputies were arresting Bobby MacBurnett, 34, who refused to drop an object that he was carrying, Hunter drove up to the scene with his pickup truck. The two deputies ordered him and his passenger, who has not been named, out of the truck, authorities said. Instead of complying, Hunter put the truck in reverse and backed away from the deputies, knocking over a mailbox with Strivelli and Auterson in pursuit. Strivelli took his gun out of his holster as he ran, according to police. Both deputies say that Hunter slowed the truck down and shifted the vehicle so that it "lunged" toward the deputies, according to the Florida Sun Sentinel. Strivelli "felt in fear for his life and shot at the windshield," sheriff's spokesman Paul Miller told the Sun Sentinel. Deputies charged Hunter with aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer with a motor vehicle. They also said they found narcotics under the truck.




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