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Oct. 26, 2013 — Clearwater

A client of contractor David DiRoma telephoned 911 because he feared DiRoma would commit suicide.

DiRoma, 69, initially ignored officers' commands to come out of his house. When he did exit the home, he was holding a handgun.

Ignoring police commands to drop his weapon, DiRoma pointed the gun at an officer. Officer Brian Rogers shot at DiRoma with his rifle. DiRoma was pronounced dead at the hospital. His revolver was not loaded. Read more

The toxicology report indicated a blood alcohol level above the legal impairment level and tranquilizers.

This was the 113th police shooting in Florida in 2013.

The same day, one officer shot one person in West Palm Beach .

One day later, one officer shot one person in Jacksonville .

7 ways this case compares to others

  1. DiRoma was among the 7 percent of people who appeared to be on drugs before being shot.
  2. DiRoma was shot after friends, family, or others called the police to ask for help in getting DiRoma emergency mental health services. That’s a factor in 6 percent of cases.
  3. DiRoma was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  4. DiRoma told someone that he wanted officers to kill him. That preceded 10 percent of police shootings.
  5. DiRoma was drinking alcohol before being shot. That’s true in about 10 percent of police shootings.
  6. DiRoma showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.
  7. DiRoma pointed a weapon at officers. Twenty-eight percent of shootings involved people who police say pointed a weapon at them.

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