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March 2, 2009 — Clearwater

On Monday, March 2, 2009, Elizabeth Cardarelli called 911 because of a domestic dispute.

Officers Scott Durivou and Eliad Glenn arrived on the scene and found Cardarelli's apartment in turmoil, with many smashed phones. Cardarelli said that a caretaker, Michael Gaides, 52, assaulted her before leaving her apartment.

The officers then went down to Gaides' apartment, where his roommate, Stephen Fleisig, led them to Gaides' bedroom. The bedroom door was closed and locked, so the two officers began trying to convince Gaides to open the door and talk about what happened with Ms. Cardarelli. Read more

Gaides continued to refuse and told the officers that he did not want to go to jail. The officers began to think Gaides was suicidal. Eventually, Officer Durivou opened Gaides' bedroom door with his cruiser key.

They found Gaides crouched behind numerous boxes in a corner of the room, arms out-stretched and a cloth covering both of his fists. Officer Durivou and Glenn took out their weapons and repeatedly commanded Gaides to show his hands. Gaides fired a weapon at them instead, and Officer Durivou fired back once.

Gaides fell to his side, exposing a handgun from underneath the cloth. Officer Durivou grabbed Gaides' weapon, and the two struggled for possession of the gun.

Officer Durivou fired a second shot at Gadies, striking him in the torso. Officer Durviou then called to Officer Glenn to "shoot him," and Glenn fired six shots into Gaides (two in the head, four in the torso).

Michael Gaides was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.

This was the 29th police shooting in Florida in 2009.

The same day, three officers shot one person in Miami Gardens .

One day later, two officers shot one person in Delray Beach .

8 ways this case compares to others

  1. Gaides did not immediately comply with police instruction, a factor in nearly a quarter of shootings.
  2. Gaides fired shots at police, which happened in 15 percent of shootings.
  3. Gaides was one of 25 people who were shot after telling someone that he wouldn't go to jail or back to prison.
  4. Gaides was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  5. Gaides was involved in a domestic disturbance, a factor in 115 cases.
  6. Gaides told someone that he wanted officers to kill him. That preceded 10 percent of police shootings.
  7. Gaides was shot after resisting arrest. A total of 114 people were shot while resisting arrest.
  8. Gaides showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.

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