UPDATE: Bradenton Man Dead in Deputy-Involved Shooting

Man in Jeep accelerated toward Sarasota sheriff's deputy prompting two deputies to open fire.

Updated 2:55 p.m. June 12

A 23-year-old Bradenton man is dead after being shot by a  deputy Monday when he attempted to run over two deputies. A passenger in the Jeep remains at large.

Rodney G. Mitchell of  4910 26th Street East, Apt. 102, Bradenton, was pulled over in a white Jeep Liberty for a traffic stop by Deputy Adam Shaw, 23, at 9:32 p.m. at 28th Street and Washington Boulevard, according to the sheriff's office.

Shaw approached the driver’s side door from the rear of the vehicle and ordered the driver to put the Jeep in park as Sgt. Troy Sasse approached from the front driver’s side after arriving at the scene for back-up, according to the sheriff's office.

After initially stopped, the driver said “No,” shifted the vehicle into drive and accelerated in the direction of Sasse, said Wendy Rose, spokeswoman for the sheriff's office.

Fearing he would be struck by the vehicle, Sasse fired his gun two times while Shaw, concerned that Sgt. Sasse would be struck by the Jeep, also fired his gun twice toward the Jeep, Rose said.

The Jeep traveled south on Washington Boulevard when Mitchell apparently died from his injuries while driving, causing the Jeep to crash into several cars in a Sunoco parking lot, 2530 Washington Blvd., and struck a cement barrier, which stopped the Jeep from crashing into the convenience store, Rose said.

Tuesday morning, the Sunoco was open for regular business with the noticeable barrier crooked from the collision. A spray painted outline of the Jeep's footprint was marked in the lot, but no other signs of Monday's incident were visible.

The passenger in the Jeep fled the scene, Rose said.

For at least two hours, Washington Boulevard was closed off to traffic and more than 100 people gathered around the scene. As friends and family learned of the situation and the condition of the victim, some became hysterical and a small crowd broke through the taped perimeter prompting deputies and Sarasota Police to demand folks to get back. No physical force was needed to restrain the crowd. Officers placed an additional layer of crime scene tape around the perimeter for a barrier following the incident.

Both deputies are sequestered and being interviewed for the investigation, as per standard procedures, Rose said, and are on paid administrative leave.

Shaw was hired in January 2010 while Sasse, 33, was hired in October 2003.

According to the sheriff's office's Levels of Resistance general order, law enforcement officers are justified using deadly force to "cause that person immediately cease what she/she is doing" when another person's or an officer's life is immediate danger and doesn't matter if the person "dies as a result of being stopped."

The sheriff's office's deadly force policy is "to shoot, to stop the threat."

According to court records, Mitchell was driving on a suspended license, which he was cited for on May 15. The suspension stems from a March DUI, according to the citation issues by Sarasota Police Department. At the same May traffic stop, which was for a 1997 red Mitsubishi, a citation was also issued for illegally tinted windows.

Stay with Patch for more details.

Debbie pete June 13, 2012 at 07:21 AM
Dont no what to say or how to feel I have five kids of my own and my heart really goes out to mother im so sorry
sdfsdfsdf June 13, 2012 at 06:50 PM
I feel so sorry for the family, I didn't know this young man but there is so much more to the story. Something similar happened to my cousin and the cop that killed my cousin was found guilty and is going to prison.
SnoWhyte June 14, 2012 at 04:06 AM
Used to live in Sarasota. They call me SnoWhyte. My deepest sympathy to his mother and all of his family. May you rest in peace Rodney.
Charles Schelle August 07, 2012 at 07:18 PM
Update: State's Attorney and Sheriff's Office issue report regarding deputies shooting at Rodney Mitchell http://patch.com/A-wJQQ
cherry May 16, 2013 at 12:01 AM
And justice he could of just taserd him im not trying to hear that cus at the end of the day god has the last say so and the MAYS family is a prayed up family and we WILL get peace reast easy my love


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