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Oct. 17, 2013 — St. Petersburg

Shortly after 11 p.m., officers were called to the Hungry Baba's restaurant where Jason Kerr was acting "irrationally" and waving a handgun in the parking lot.

Kerr, 31, got into his van and drove to a convenience store across the street, where officers tried to pull him over. He shot at police, authorities said, hitting two cruisers.

Four officers returned fire, killing him. Read more

The state attorney's report said that Kerr had called the mother of his children earlier to say he was going to die that night. Kerr had been ordered by the court to stay away from his estranged girlfriend.

Toxicology reports showed Kerr had a blood alcohol level twice the legal limit and marijuana in his system. Officers Matthew Laliberte, Scott Kirpan, Mark Kruzell and Matthew Stringfellow were cleared.

This was the 104th police shooting in Florida in 2013.

Six days earlier, two officers shot one person in Lakeland .

One day later, three officers shot one person in Boynton Beach .

7 ways this case compares to others

  1. Kerr was among the 7 percent of people who appeared to be on drugs before being shot.
  2. Kerr fired shots at police, which happened in 15 percent of shootings.
  3. Kerr was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  4. Kerr told someone that he wanted officers to kill him. That preceded 10 percent of police shootings.
  5. Kerr was drinking alcohol before being shot. That’s true in about 10 percent of police shootings.
  6. Kerr was fleeing from police or a crime scene, which is true in a quarter of shootings.
  7. Kerr showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.

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