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March 3, 2014 — Brandon

Deputies Steve Gutierrez, James Maiello and Marina Stroud responded to calls about a man carrying a knife and threatening people with a barbell at around 5:30 a.m.

They found Lew Tyree, who was legally blind and suffering from depression, according to his father. Tyree had also slashed a cat and broken a window in an apartment.

Deputy Stroud, a crisis intervention specialist, tried to persuade Tyree to put down the knife. Another deputy used his Taser on Tyree, to little effect, police said. Read more

Then Tyree, 41, threatened the deputies, who said he was close enough that they felt they had to shoot him.

Hit at least three times, he died at the hospital.

This was the 18th police shooting in Florida in 2014.

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

One day later, three officers shot one person in Miami .

4 ways this case compares to others

  1. Tyree approached police in a threatening manner before being shot. That's true in almost 10% of police shootings.
  2. Tyree did not immediately comply with police instruction, a factor in nearly a quarter of shootings.
  3. Tyree was armed with a blade/stabbing implement. Only 80 other people were armed the same way.
  4. Tyree showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.

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