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Jan. 22, 2014 — Clermont

Ian Michael Saum, 24, was a quiet but troubled man, according to neighbors.

They telephoned police when Saum emerged from his grandmother's home at about 3:30 p.m. with a large knife, cutting his arms.

Witnesses and police said that when the officers arrived, Saum was walking in the street, staring blankly and dripping blood. He refused to drop the knife and two attempts to use a Taser on him failed. Read more

Saum got within about six feet of the two deputies before Deputy Michael Dollery fired one shot, wounding him in the stomach.

This was the ninth police shooting in Florida in 2014.

Two days earlier, one officer shot one person in Interlachen .

13 days later, one officer shot one person in Delray Beach .

4 ways this case compares to others

  1. Saum did not immediately comply with police instruction, a factor in nearly a quarter of shootings.
  2. Saum was shot after friends, family, or others called the police to ask for help in getting Saum emergency mental health services. That’s a factor in 6 percent of cases.
  3. Saum was armed with a blade/stabbing implement. Only 80 other people were armed the same way.
  4. Saum showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.

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