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March 10, 2013 — St. Petersburg

Arthur Dixon's family called police for help after he doused the floor of his home with gasoline and rolled around in it while smoking a cigarette.

St. Petersburg police Officers Curtis Wright and Devin Jones attempted negotiations with Dixon, 43, for nearly an hour.

When Dixon exited his home and approached the officers with a large pair of scissors, they retreated to an alley. Officers did not use their Tasers because of the gasoline on his clothes. Read more

Dixon refused to drop the scissors and continued his approach. The officers fired three times. All three shots hit Dixon and he later died from his wounds.

This was the 35th police shooting in Florida in 2013.

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

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

5 ways this case compares to others

  1. Dixon approached police in a threatening manner before being shot. That's true in almost 10% of police shootings.
  2. Dixon was shot after friends, family, or others called the police to ask for help in getting Dixon emergency mental health services. That’s a factor in 6 percent of cases.
  3. Dixon was armed with a blade/stabbing implement. Only 80 other people were armed the same way.
  4. Dixon told someone that he wanted officers to kill him. That preceded 10 percent of police shootings.
  5. Dixon showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.

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