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June 23, 2011 — Gainesville

Robert McBride, 43, was acting strangely and a woman he visited told dispatchers she was concerned for his safety. She said that he was unarmed.

Motorists who saw McBride pacing around his air-conditioning repair van reported the behavior. Police responded and tried to talk to McBride, who allegedly told them that he had a gun and charged at Alachua County sheriff's Deputies Adam Rarey and David Brown.

One fired a handgun, wounding McBride. The other fired a rifle. The bullet struck him in the leg, hit an artery and killed him. Read more

McBridge had a cell phone in his hands.

The deputies were cleared by a grand jury. The state attorney said McBride's toxicology report showed he had methadone and cocaine in his system when he was shot.

This was the 60th police shooting in Florida in 2011.

Two days earlier, two officers shot one person in St. Petersburg .

Two days later, two officers shot one person in Jacksonville Beach .

3 ways this case compares to others

  1. McBride was among the 7 percent of people who appeared to be on drugs before being shot.
  2. McBride did not immediately comply with police instruction, a factor in nearly a quarter of shootings.
  3. McBride showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.

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