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April 11, 2014 — Pensacola

Thomas Eugene Fillingim, 53, was shot once in the stomach after he lunged at a deputy with a knife, according to the Escambia County Sheriff's Office.

The incident took place in a home in the 3100 block of Bent Oak Road early on the morning of April 11, 2014, Sheriff David Morgan said. Fillingim had sliced himself across the neck. His daughter called 911 after Fillingim threatened her when she tried to take the knife away from him.

She was barricaded in the bathroom when Deputy Albert Kalber arrived. He found Fillingim in a hallway with a folding knife. Read more

The sheriff's office said that Fillingim lunged at the deputy, who fired at him. Fillingim died at the hospital. He had been reported as suicidal the night before.

This was the 35th police shooting in Florida in 2014.

One day earlier, one officer shot one person in Orlando .

Two days later, one officer shot one person in Miami .

5 ways this case compares to others

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

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