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Dec. 11, 2013 — St. Augustine

St. Johns County sheriff's deputies were called to Rodney Stevens' mobile home on Katnack Road off U.S. 1 by his daughter, Angie Kennerly.

She said that her father had been walking around with a gun, threatening family members who wanted him to turn himself in to police because he had two open warrants.

She first told the dispatcher Stevens had a gun, but then recanted, saying the guns were in a locked room with her. Read more

Police cornered Stevens, 64, in a bedroom and Deputy Thomas Coward shot him once in the head.

The sheriff's office said a loaded shotgun was on the bed. Kennerly told the press that Stevens was unarmed when he was shot.

"He did go in the room and grab a gun, but the gun was not in his hand when they entered the room. The gun was on the bed. Why they came in the way they did, I have no idea," Kennerly said.

This was the 130th police shooting in Florida in 2013.

One day earlier, 18 officers shot two people in Miami .

Two days later, one officer shot one person in Dania Beach .

6 ways this case compares to others

  1. Deputy Coward 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. Stevens did not immediately comply with police instruction, a factor in nearly a quarter of shootings.
  3. Stevens was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  4. Stevens was involved in a domestic disturbance, a factor in 115 cases.
  5. Stevens was shot after resisting arrest. A total of 114 people were shot while resisting arrest.
  6. Stevens showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.

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