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Jan. 4, 2010 — Pembroke Pines

At around 12:15 p.m., Clifford McLean, 24, doused his mother with a flammable liquid and set her on fire.

He then committed a home-invasion robbery, stealing a white pickup truck. As he fled, McLean struck a number of vehicles and ran a red light.

Pembroke Pines K-9 Officer Heath Wagner tried to pull him over. Finally slowed down by traffic, McLean got out of the vehicle and started to punch the window of another car. Read more

Officer Wagner ordered McLean to get on the ground, but he refused. The driver of the other car was able to escape.

McLean walked toward Wagner with his hands in his jacket pocket, as if he were armed. Wagner fired two shots at McLean, who continued to approach. Wagner fired three more shots, knocking him down. McLean was pronounced dead at the hospital.

McLean’s father said that his son had suddenly snapped, but neighbors told reporters the family had a history of disputes.

This was the second police shooting in Florida in 2010.

The same day, one officer shot one person in Tampa .

One day later, nine officers shot one person in Orlando .

6 ways this case compares to others

  1. McLean was shot after killing someone. Just five percent of shootings started with a homicide.
  2. McLean told someone that he wanted officers to kill him. That preceded 10 percent of police shootings.
  3. McLean was shot after resisting arrest. A total of 114 people were shot while resisting arrest.
  4. McLean was fleeing from police or a crime scene, which is true in a quarter of shootings.
  5. McLean showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.
  6. This shooting came after an officer pulled over McLean for a traffic violation. Seventy-seven cases began with a traffic stop.

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