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June 8, 2014 — St. Augustine

St. Johns County sheriff's deputies responded to a call from a woman who said she had seen a man stab her friend.

Deputy Todd Boger confronted a man with a knife in the common areas of Southern Villas. John Vincent DeSanto, 43, would not drop the knife and made a move toward Boger, who fired three times, hitting him with every round.

DeSanto later told police he heard voices telling him to kill Tami Resendiz so he stabbed her in the stomach. Read more

4 ways this case compares to others

  1. Desanto approached police in a threatening manner before being shot. That's true in almost 10% of police shootings.
  2. Desanto tried to kill someone before the shooting, according to police. That’s true only 3 percent of the time.
  3. Desanto was armed with a blade/stabbing implement. Only 80 other people were armed the same way.
  4. Desanto showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.

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