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Sep. 7, 2013 — St. Petersburg

Shortly after 3:30 a.m., police responded to a noise and firearm complaint on 40th Avenue N.

Throughout the day, neighbors said, Lealann Cooley had been drinking, firing guns and threatening to harm himself, others and police.

When officers arrived, Cooley, 46, was sitting on his front porch. A handgun was on a table next to him. Ordered to get on the ground, Cooley instead retreated into the house. Read more

Police saw the barrel of a rifle poke out of the doorway toward them.

Officers Michael Carter, Michael Karayianes, Christopher Turbee, David Kimes, John Phifer and Gregory Totz fired, killing Cooley.

The state attorney cleared all of the officers. Turbee and Phifer received notes in their files from the police department for firing their weapons in reaction to other officers without having clear sight of the threat or being able to effectively fire at the target.

Cooley had a history of depression and alcoholism and had recently started drinking again, according to family. He told them that he intended to make police kill him.

This was the 94th police shooting in Florida in 2013.

One day earlier, seven officers shot one person in Hillsborough .

Six days later, one officer shot one person in West Palm Beach .

7 ways this case compares to others

  1. Officer Karayianes 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. Officers shot 58 bullets. The average was eight.
  3. Cooley was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  4. Cooley told someone that he wanted officers to kill him. That preceded 10 percent of police shootings.
  5. Cooley was drinking alcohol before being shot. That’s true in about 10 percent of police shootings.
  6. Cooley showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.
  7. Cooley pointed a weapon at officers. Twenty-eight percent of shootings involved people who police say pointed a weapon at them.

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