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April 28, 2013 — St. Petersburg

On April 28, 2013, Officer Christopher Dolch and Probationary Officer Nicholas Cardinal reported to 2630 13th Ave. N on a welfare call.

Pamela Kirk's neighbor, Donna Kober, called police when Kirk started acting funny, asking her to take care of her pet and hugging her.

Kirk, 53, displayed several warning signs of suicide and had been Baker-Acted four times, once by Officer Dolch. Read more

Dolch and Kober went to retrieve a key to Kirk's house while Officer Cardinal and Officer Enhoffer waited out front. Cardinal and Enhoffer engaged in conversation with Kirk and Kirk repeatedly cursed at them and stated she was going to get her gun and make them shoot her.

Officers Dolch and Kober returned with a key and upon trying to enter the back entrance, Kirk kept locking the door and yelling at them.

Officer Dolch asked Kirk if she had a gun and she said yes. She appeared in the window with a silver handgun and pointed it at Officer Dolch.

In fear of his life, Officer Dolch shot three rounds from his sidearm, striking and killing Kirk.

This was the 45th police shooting in Florida in 2013.

Three days earlier, one officer shot one person in Miami .

One day later, two officers shot one person in Orlando .

5 ways this case compares to others

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

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