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June 14, 2009 — Port St. Lucie

Manny Morales' sister called 911 because her brother was drinking, said he was "going to die," and was brandishing a knife.

Police said Morales, 44, locked himself in a bedroom, yelled that he had a shotgun and warned police not to enter. Two officers forced their way in around 1 a.m. and found Morales pointing a rifle.

Officer Matthew Cuba fired a stun gun but only one prong made contact. Officer Albert Riccardi fired his handgun, hitting Morales twice on the left side of his chest. Read more

He died at the hospital.

Morales' rifle turned out to be a BB gun.

Angie Morales-Pena told a Port St. Lucie newspaper that her brother was depressed that he couldn't find a job and was recently treated for schizophrenia.

Police had taken him in for a mental evaluation in October under the Baker Act.

"I called for help, to come talk to my brother, and they killed him," the sister said. "I don't understand."

This was the 66th police shooting in Florida in 2009.

The same day, one officer shot one person in Miami Beach .

One day later, two officers shot one person in Jacksonville .

7 ways this case compares to others

  1. Morales did not immediately comply with police instruction, a factor in nearly a quarter of shootings.
  2. Morales was shot after friends, family, or others called the police to ask for help in getting Morales emergency mental health services. That’s a factor in 6 percent of cases.
  3. Morales was armed with a bb/pellet gun. Only 36 other people were armed the same way.
  4. Morales told someone that he wanted officers to kill him. That preceded 10 percent of police shootings.
  5. Morales were drinking alcohol before being shot. That’s true in about 10 percent of police shootings.
  6. Morales showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.
  7. Morales pointed a weapon at officers. Twenty-eight percent of shootings involved people who police say pointed a weapon at them.

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