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Oct. 4, 2011 — Deland

Around 11:15 p.m., a call was made to 911 to report that Mary Cecil's son struck her during an argument.

The Sheriff's Office said deputies found Vincent Cecil, 32, inside his mother's mobile home holding a knife.

He refused orders to drop it and when he lunged at two deputies, they opened fire. Read more

Cecil died the next day. He was wanted on charges of failing to appear at a court hearing for a charge of aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer in Volusia County.

The unnamed deputies were cleared.

A neighbor who said he witnessed the altercation told reporters Vincent did not have a knife. Cecil's brother-in-law told them that Cecil was bipolar and schizophrenic and hadn't been taking his medication. He said Cecil felt like aliens were taking over his body.

This was the 99th police shooting in Florida in 2011.

Three days earlier, one officer shot one person in Winter Park .

One day later, one officer shot one person in Pembroke Pines .

5 ways this case compares to others

  1. Cecil approached police in a threatening manner before being shot. That's true in almost 10% of police shootings.
  2. Cecil did not immediately comply with police instruction, a factor in nearly a quarter of shootings.
  3. Cecil was armed with a blade/stabbing implement. Only 80 other people were armed the same way.
  4. Cecil were involved in a domestic disturbance, a factor in 115 cases.
  5. Cecil showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.

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