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April 1, 2013 — Pembroke Pines

Pembroke Pines police were dispatched to a report of a suicidal woman who had already discharged a weapon inside her home.

Police established a perimeter and made contact via phone with Sheri Brower, 49, who warned police that she would harm them if they approached.

Brower hung up on police and began pacing in the road in front of her home holding two handguns. She shouted "Just do it!" several times while advancing toward officers. Read more

5 ways this case compares to others

  1. Brower did not immediately comply with police instruction, a factor in nearly a quarter of shootings.
  2. A SWAT or tactical team was involved in the incident. Tactical teams are involved in 7 percent of police shootings.
  3. Brower was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  4. Brower told someone that she wanted officers to kill her. That preceded 10 percent of police shootings.
  5. Brower showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.

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