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July 12, 2011 — Tampa

Umberto Ferrara's wife called 911 at around 6 a.m. on July 12, 2011, to say that her husband was on the back porch with a gun.

A few minutes later Ferrara himself called to say that he wanted to commit suicide.

When police arrived, they heard gunshots and saw Ferrara, 74, bleeding from a head wound. He began firing into the backyard. Read more

Officer Dan Evers told Ferrara to drop the gun but he instead pointed it at the officer. Evers fired, striking Ferrara in the head.

An autopsy later determined that it was Evers' bullet that killed Ferrara, who was despondent over his poor health.

This was the 69th police shooting in Florida in 2011.

One day earlier, five officers shot one person in Orlando .

Three days later, two officers shot one person in Pembroke Pines .

5 ways this case compares to others

  1. Ferrara was shot after friends, family, or others called the police to ask for help in getting Ferrara emergency mental health services. That’s a factor in 6 percent of cases.
  2. Ferrara was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  3. Ferrara told someone that he wanted officers to kill him. That preceded 10 percent of police shootings.
  4. Ferrara showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.
  5. Ferrara pointed a weapon at officers. Twenty-eight percent of shootings involved people who police say pointed a weapon at them.

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