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Oct. 7, 2011 — Miami Gardens

Police Sgt. Brendolyn Spence was pursuing Jose Almonte when he turned and charged at her with his arms outstretched.

Almonte, 49, ignored instructions to stop. Spence fired once when Almonte was roughly two feet away, hitting him in the abdomen and killing him.

Before the shooting, Almonte had attacked his former girlfriend and her male friend with a machete. Read more

Angela Heath had obtained a restraining order against Almonte hours earlier; she was returning home, with her friend acting as escort, when Almonte attacked them.

Almonte's sister said that he was being treated by a psychiatrist.

This was the 103rd police shooting in Florida in 2011.

The same day, two officers shot one person in Fort Myers .

Three days later, one officer shot one person in Pensacola .

8 ways this case compares to others

  1. Almonte approached police in a threatening manner before being shot. That's true in almost 10% of police shootings.
  2. Almonte did not immediately comply with police instruction, a factor in nearly a quarter of shootings.
  3. Almonte tried to kill someone before the shooting, according to police. That’s true only 3 percent of the time.
  4. Almonte was involved in a domestic disturbance, a factor in 115 cases.
  5. Almonte was shot after resisting arrest. A total of 114 people were shot while resisting arrest.
  6. Almonte was fleeing from police or a crime scene, which is true in a quarter of shootings.
  7. Officer was chasing Almonte on foot before shooting him. Officers shot 105 people during foot pursuits.
  8. Almonte showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.

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