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Jan. 26, 2011 — Old Town

Dixie County sheriff's deputies were called for a domestic dispute between a mentally ill man, Richard Yearwood, and his sister.

His sister told police she wanted Yearwood, 34, off her property, according to a police report. When officers approached Yearwood holding pepper spray canisters, he refused to put down his shovel, which he held like a baseball bat.

He told them to leave several times. After being repeatedly asked to put down the shovel, police said, Yearwood charged at Dep. Danny King while swinging his shovel, at which point Dep. David Cravey discharged his weapon at Yearwood. Read more

He was hit twice and later arrested.

Yearwood's family, including his sister who called police, were upset that Yearwood was shot.

"I'm pissed off. I'm mad as hell. The mentally ill are neglected in the state of Florida and then you have Dixie County cops who are so happy to shoot somebody," his sister, Jerry Aguilar, told WCJB-TV.

Cravey was cleared by a grand jury.

Yearwood served two years in prison for aggravated assault on a LEO and resisting arrest without violence.

This was the 10th police shooting in Florida in 2011.

Two days earlier, 10 officers shot one person in St. Petersburg .

Two days later, two officers shot one person in Orlando .

4 ways this case compares to others

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

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