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Feb. 15, 2009 — Fort Myers

Deputy Bryan Perera responded to a call about George Vincent, 49, armed with a handgun and threatening to commit suicide after an argument with his mother.

Vincent, who had consumed 18 beers that day, refused to put down his weapon and then aimed it at Deputy Perera.

Perera shot Vincent dead. Read more

The deputy was cleared.

Vincent's family said he would never have squeezed the trigger and criticized the sheriff's office for doing the investigation themselves. His wife, Deborah Vincent, filed a federal complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice.

This was the 24th police shooting in Florida in 2009.

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

Five days later, one officer shot one person in Holiday .

7 ways this case compares to others

  1. Vincent did not immediately comply with police instruction, a factor in nearly a quarter of shootings.
  2. Vincent was shot after friends, family, or others called the police to ask for help in getting Vincent emergency mental health services. That’s a factor in 6 percent of cases.
  3. Vincent was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  4. Vincent told someone that he wanted officers to kill him. That preceded 10 percent of police shootings.
  5. Vincent was drinking alcohol before being shot. That’s true in about 10 percent of police shootings.
  6. Vincent showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.
  7. Vincent pointed a weapon at officers. Twenty-eight percent of shootings involved people who police say pointed a weapon at them.

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