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Aug. 3, 2009 — Maitland

Maitland police responded to a domestic violence call in August 2009 and found Alex May, 18, stabbing his mother, Diana May, with a butter knife, then a barbecue fork.

Officer Steve Mendez ordered May to stop and drop his weapon, but May stabbed his mother again.

Mendez fired two shots, striking May twice and killing him. Read more

May's mother told police that he was psychotic in the 911 call and police found prescription medication in the house.

FDLE investigated and the state attorney ruled the shooting justified.

This was the 86th police shooting in Florida in 2009.

The same day, one officer shot one person in Freeport .

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

6 ways this case compares to others

  1. May did not immediately comply with police instruction, a factor in nearly a quarter of shootings.
  2. May was shot after friends, family, or others called the police to ask for help in getting May emergency mental health services. That’s a factor in 6 percent of cases.
  3. May tried to kill someone before the shooting, according to police. That’s true only 3 percent of the time.
  4. May was armed with a blade/stabbing implement. Only 80 other people were armed the same way.
  5. May were involved in a domestic disturbance, a factor in 115 cases.
  6. May showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.

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