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Jan. 2, 2013 — Ormond Beach

Volusia County sheriff's deputies found Kenneth Morrow by pinging his cell phone after he sent an ex-girlfriend suicidal messages.

As officers approached Morrow, he held a hand gun under his chin, telling them, "Back off or I'll do it." Deputies retreated to their vehicles and cut off access to the road.

Morrow, 52, walked toward the patrol cars and knelt down on the road. After ignoring at least five commands to drop his weapon, Morrow pointed his weapon at officers. Read more

Deputies Joel Hernandez and Christopher Jones then shot Morrow an unknown number of times. Both were cleared.

Hernandez shot and killed another man, Edward Prescott Miller, 52, who was deaf, in September 2014. He was cleared in that shooting as well.

This was the first police shooting in Florida in 2013.

Nine days earlier, two officers shot one person in Clearwater .

One day later, six officers shot one person in Sarasota .

5 ways this case compares to others

  1. Deputy Hernandez 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. Morrow was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  3. Morrow told someone that he wanted officers to kill him. That preceded 10 percent of police shootings.
  4. Morrow showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.
  5. Morrow pointed a weapon at officers. Twenty-eight percent of shootings involved people who police say pointed a weapon at them.

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