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Sep. 23, 2013 — Miami

Around 9:30 p.m., police officers responded to a burglary in progress and confronted Jason O'Brien, armed with a pickaxe.

O'Brien had broken into the house. A woman, two children and two visitors fled.

O'Brien followed them, screaming and waving the ax. He attacked a car parked in the driveway. Officials said that O'Brien refused commands to drop the weapon and advanced toward Officer Carlos Lopez. Read more

Lopez fired, wounding him.

O'Brien pleaded guilty to armed burglary and criminal mischief and was given probation. He owned the house and lived elsewhere on the property.

This was the 99th police shooting in Florida in 2013.

The same day, one officer shot one person in St. Petersburg .

Two days later, two officers shot two people in Daytona Beach .

3 ways this case compares to others

  1. O'Brien approached police in a threatening manner before being shot. That's true in almost 10% of police shootings.
  2. O'Brien was armed with a blade/stabbing implement. Only 80 other people were armed the same way.
  3. O'Brien showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.

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