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March 5, 2014 — LaBelle

Hendry County Sheriff's Deputies Robert Leverenz, Simeon Harrynarine and Matthew Yeomans responded to a battery call at 10:50 p.m. on March 5, 2014.

Deputies found Eddy Barrios, 23, walking on E Road in LaBelle, carrying a shortened shotgun.

They stationed their cars around Barrios. He turned and raised the gun. The deputies fired, hitting him in his hips and chest. Read more

Barrios was pronounced dead at Lehigh Regional Hospital. The shooting was ruled justified.

The battery victim said that Barrios had told her that he would not go to jail.

This was the 20th police shooting in Florida in 2014.

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

Four days later, one officer shot one person in Miami .

5 ways this case compares to others

  1. Barrios was one of 25 people who were shot after telling someone that he wouldn't go to jail or back to prison.
  2. Barrios was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  3. Barrios was involved in a domestic disturbance, a factor in 115 cases.
  4. Barrios told someone that he wanted officers to kill him. That preceded 10 percent of police shootings.
  5. Barrios pointed a weapon at officers. Twenty-eight percent of shootings involved people who police say pointed a weapon at them.

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