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April 22, 2012 — Panama City

Panama City police responded to a disturbance at the home of 40-year-old Clifton McKinney. Upon arriving, officers were met with violent force from McKinney, who was wielding a machete.

Police had made visits to the home before because of McKinney's loud and often incoherent yelling.

McKinney's wife had previously told police about her husband's history of mental illness, according to the News-Herald. Eyewitnesses reported that McKinney charged at the officers with his machete. Read more

Officers deployed Tasers, but they had no effect. McKinney chased one officer into a nearby field. It was then that another officer fired three shots at McKinney, hitting him in the back and killing him.

This was the 40th police shooting in Florida in 2012.

Two days earlier, one officer shot one person in Pensacola .

Two days later, one officer shot one person in Lantana .

4 ways this case compares to others

  1. McKinney approached police in a threatening manner before being shot. That's true in almost 10% of police shootings.
  2. McKinney was one of 36 people shot in the back by police.
  3. McKinney was armed with a blade/stabbing implement. Only 80 other people were armed the same way.
  4. McKinney showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.

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