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March 3, 2014 — Gainesville

On March 3, 2014, Michael Cravey, a 28-year-old conspiracy theory researcher, stabbed a man on the University of Florida campus and then fled, Gainesville police said.

There was a brief pursuit, which police dropped because Cravey was driving on the wrong side of the road.

Three hours later, he was spotted in the parking lot of Butler Plaza. Lt. Michael Schibuola approached Cravey and told him to get down on the ground. Read more

Cravey refused, pulled out a hatchet and charged the officer. Shibuola fired his weapon, killing Cravey.

This was the 18th police shooting in Florida in 2014.

The same day, three officers shot one person in Brandon .

One day later, three officers shot one person in Miami .

5 ways this case compares to others

  1. Cravey approached police in a threatening manner before being shot. That's true in almost 10% of police shootings.
  2. Cravey was armed with a blade/stabbing implement. Only 80 other people were armed the same way.
  3. Cravey told someone that he wanted officers to kill him. That preceded 10 percent of police shootings.
  4. Cravey were shot after resisting arrest. A total of 114 people were shot while resisting arrest.
  5. Cravey showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.

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