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June 10, 2013 — Orlando

Police shot and killed 33-year-old Joseph Paige on Interstate 4 around 3 a.m., June 10, 2013.

Police were attempting to make a traffic stop of an armed robbery suspect when they received a call about a different person with a gun in the middle of I-4.

Police say that Paige was sitting in the highway and refused to drop his handgun. He told them they would have to kill him. Read more

When he raised the weapon Officers Blake Broadhurst, Michelle Edwards, Gregory D'Amato and Aaron Goss fired a total of fired 30 rounds, killing him.

A Marksman Repeater BB gun was recovered near Paige's body. He was known to take medication for seizures and had acted violently in the days before the shooting

This was the 64th police shooting in Florida in 2013.

The same day, two officers shot one person in Miami .

Five days later, one officer shot one person in Gainesville .

4 ways this case compares to others

  1. Officer Goss was involved in one other shooting from 2009 to 2014. Eighty-five officers were involved in more than one shooting during that time period.
  2. Officers shot 30 bullets. The average was eight.
  3. Paige was armed with a bb/pellet gun. Only 36 other people were armed the same way.
  4. Paige showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.

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