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Feb. 13, 2012 — Pompano Beach

Around 5:40 p.m., neighbors called 911 because they heard Kenneth Shewey loudly arguing with his ex-girlfriend and saw him waving a .45-caliber pistol.

He had found Cindy Clark, 42, having dinner with a man on Valentine's Day.

According to the sheriff's report, Shewey, 53, put her in a headlock and tried to shoot her but the gun misfired. Read more

Shewey then told her that she would watch him die.

He fired a shot into the air and then walked down an outside stairway toward deputies, refusing to drop the weapon. Sgt. Noel Mercado opened fire, killing him.

Shewey's niece, a psychologist, said that he was bipolar.

This was the 15th police shooting in Florida in 2012.

One day earlier, one officer shot one person in Jacksonville .

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

6 ways this case compares to others

  1. Shewey did not immediately comply with police instruction, a factor in nearly a quarter of shootings.
  2. Shewey tried to kill someone before the shooting, according to police. That’s true only 3 percent of the time.
  3. Shewey was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  4. Shewey was involved in a domestic disturbance, a factor in 115 cases.
  5. Shewey told someone that he wanted officers to kill him. That preceded 10 percent of police shootings.
  6. Shewey showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.

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