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June 16, 2010 — Melbourne

On June 16, 2010, Michael Pagan was driving erratically, not stopping at red lights and speeding.

West Melbourne K-9 Officer Justin Cantees tried to pull him over but Pagan kept driving. Around 2:30 a.m., Pagan stopped his car and got out, wielding a knife and shouting, "I'm not going back to jail, bitches." He began walking toward Pagan, Officer William Young and Brevard County Sheriff's Deputy Jeffrey Cook.

Pagan, 40, ignored orders to drop the knife. Officer Young used his Taser and Officer Cantees and Deputy Cook fired 15 rounds from their handguns, hitting Pagan 11 times. Read more

He died at the scene. The incident was captured on one of the dashboard cameras.

Just minutes before the traffic stop, Pagan had texted "This is it" to a family member. An autopsy found no alcohol or drugs in his system.

This was the 47th police shooting in Florida in 2010.

Six days earlier, one officer shot one person in Pembroke Pines .

Three days later, two officers shot two people in Southwest Ranches .

7 ways this case compares to others

  1. Pagan did not immediately comply with police instruction, a factor in nearly a quarter of shootings.
  2. Pagan was one of 25 people who were shot after telling someone that he wouldn't go to jail or back to prison.
  3. Officers shot 15 bullets. The average was eight.
  4. Pagan was armed with a blade/stabbing implement. Only 80 other people were armed the same way.
  5. Pagan told someone that he wanted officers to kill him. That preceded 10 percent of police shootings.
  6. Pagan showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.
  7. This shooting came after officers pulled over Pagan for a traffic violation. Seventy-seven cases began with a traffic stop.

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