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Jan. 13, 2013 — Indialantic

Police responded to a domestic disturbance and learned that Christopher Greer, 49, had pulled a small knife on his brother, who wrestled the knife away.

Greer, who had displayed paranoid behavior in the past and was depressed and grieving the recent deaths of both his parents, refused to come out of his parents' home. Multiple police agencies responded and tried to communicate with Greer, but he refused.

Two Brevard County Sheriff's deputies got a ballistics shield and tried to make entry, first through the front door, then through the garage. Greer pushed the garage door shut, but deputies kicked it in. They then say they saw Greer with a knife and they fired at him 13 times through the door, which had rebounded, striking him nine times and killing him. Read more

Investigators found no knife in Greer's possession. The BCSO deputies were cleared, even though policy states that deputies are to "make every reasonable attempt to contain the person" and "no aggressive action or attempts at a confrontation is taken unless there is an immediate threat of danger to agency personnel or citizens." Greer's brother, Randall Greer, filed a lawsuit against Indiatlantic, BCSO and other agencies.

This was the 10th police shooting in Florida in 2013.

Four days earlier, two officers shot one person in Tampa .

Two days later, one officer shot one person in Orlando .

6 ways this case compares to others

  1. Evidence in this case, and accounts given by officers and witnesses, included conflicting details. That was true for 27 other cases.
  2. Greer did not immediately comply with police instruction, a factor in nearly a quarter of shootings.
  3. Officers shot 13 bullets. The average was eight.
  4. Greer was involved in a domestic disturbance, a factor in 115 cases.
  5. A civil lawsuit was filed in response to Greer's shooting. Ninety other cases led to lawsuits.
  6. Greer showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.

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