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Dec. 3, 2010 — Pompano Beach

Pompano Beach police were watching the home of Brenda Van Zwieten, 52, who was suspected of illegally selling prescription drugs.

Police said Van Zwieten, a PTA member who took kids in off the street, had testified in court that she was afraid of a burglar less than 24 hours before police asked the Broward sheriff's SWAT team to raid the house.

When SWAT members burst into her home, Van Zwieten was in a bedroom armed with a .357-caliber revolver. She refused to obey commands and raised the gun, police said. Deputies Gerardo Lopez and Jason Rotella shot her five times and she died on scene. Read more

6 ways this case compares to others

  1. Deputy Lopez was involved in two other shootings from 2009 to 2014. Only 10 officers were involved in more than two shootings in that time period.
  2. Deputy Rotella was involved in one other shooting from 2009 to 2014. Eighty-five officers were involved in more than one shooting during that time period.
  3. Van Zwieten did not immediately comply with police instruction, a factor in nearly a quarter of shootings.
  4. A SWAT or tactical team was involved in the incident. Tactical teams are involved in 7 percent of police shootings.
  5. Van Zwieten was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  6. Van Zwieten pointed a weapon at officers. Twenty-eight percent of shootings involved people who police say pointed a weapon at them.

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