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July 19, 2011 — Quincy

Around 7 p.m., five deputies approached Carmelo Quijada's house to arrest him on domestic battery charges.

His wife told authorities that he had threatened to kill her and himself and had held her and her daughter against their will.

Deputies approached Quijada, 53, and his 14-year-old son as they sat in their pickup. They said that Quijada got out of the pickup with a knife and held it to his neck. He then lowered the knife and began to walk toward them. Read more

Two deputies fired their Tasers but Quijada continued to approach, turning toward Investigator Brian Alexander, who was standing on the porch blocking the front door.

As Quijada rushed up the steps, Alexander fired one round from his rifle, striking Quijada and damaging his intestines.

On May 13, 2012, Quijada killed himself while in the Gadsden County Jail. The sheriff said that he was being treated for depression.

This was the 72nd police shooting in Florida in 2011.

Three days earlier, one officer shot one person in Gainesville .

Two days later, four officers shot one person in North Miami Beach .

4 ways this case compares to others

  1. Quijada approached police in a threatening manner before being shot. That's true in almost 10% of police shootings.
  2. Quijada was armed with a blade/stabbing implement. Only 80 other people were armed the same way.
  3. Quijada were involved in a domestic disturbance, a factor in 115 cases.
  4. Quijada showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.

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