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Oct. 20, 2013 — Boca Raton

After eight years of a rocky marriage, Ian Burlakoff shot his wife, Germana, execution style, on the street.

Police arrived a few minutes later and witnesses pointed them to the enraged, armed man. Officer Robert Cohen, rifle in hand, ordered Burlakoff, 42, to get on the ground. He complied, then said: "Just kill me." He reached for his 9mm handgun and Cohen fired eight times, hitting Burlakoff four times and killing him.

The officer was cleared. Read more

6 ways this case compares to others

  1. Burlakoff was shot after killing someone. Just five percent of shootings started with a homicide.
  2. Burlakoff did not immediately comply with police instruction, a factor in nearly a quarter of shootings.
  3. Burlakoff was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  4. Burlakoff was involved in a domestic disturbance, a factor in 115 cases.
  5. Burlakoff told someone that he wanted officers to kill him. That preceded 10 percent of police shootings.
  6. Burlakoff showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.

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