Officers with the Lakeland (FL) Police Department responded to a call about a large crowd gathered in the parking lot of a local restaurant.
Officers attempted to clear the people loitering in the lot when they noticed a black Camaro that was reported stolen out of Winter Haven by the Polk County Sheriff's Office in the same parking lot. Officers began to move toward the vehicle and the driver—identified as 17-year-old Michael Jerome Taylor—when Taylor attempted to drive away rapidly, accelerating the car and placing the officers and the public in "immediate life-threatening danger," according to WFTS-TV.
The driver struck a parked vehicle and exited the car. Officers continued to fire, striking the man. He was transported to a nearby hospital where he later died.
No officers were injured in the incident.