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Oct. 17, 2009 — Middleburg

Deputies went to a house on Killarn Circle to investigate reports of a suicidal man.

Charles Ross, 51, refused to come out of his house, saying that he had explosives and wanted to die. A witness said that Ross appeared drunk.

When he finally opened the front door, he came toward a deputy with a knife in his hand. The deputy fired one shot, hitting Ross. He later died at the hospital. Read more

A housemate said that the unemployed Ross told him that he had been having suicidal thoughts and was delusional the night of the shooting.

This was the 106th police shooting in Florida in 2009.

11 days earlier, one officer shot one person in Dade City .

One day later, two officers shot one person in Fort Lauderdale .

6 ways this case compares to others

  1. Ross approached police in a threatening manner before being shot. That's true in almost 10% of police shootings.
  2. Ross did not immediately comply with police instruction, a factor in nearly a quarter of shootings.
  3. Ross was armed with a blade/stabbing implement. Only 80 other people were armed the same way.
  4. Ross told someone that he wanted officers to kill him. That preceded 10 percent of police shootings.
  5. Ross were drinking alcohol before being shot. That’s true in about 10 percent of police shootings.
  6. Ross showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.

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