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Feb. 27, 2013 — Spring Hill

Hernando County Sheriff's Deputy Ramona Fuhs responded to a call around 9 p.m reporting an "irrational person" and found Joseph Berrios, 18, in the street near his parents' home.

According to the Sheriff's Office, Berrios refused to stop and advanced toward Fuhs as she was getting out of her cruiser. He yelled that he would kill her.

The Nature Coast Technical High School football player reached her door and slammed it against the deputy. He then hit her in the head and shoulders. Read more

Fuhs backed away and eventually fired at Berrios, hitting him in the leg and buttocks.

According to the State Attorney's Office report, Berrios told medical personnel that earlier that night he had taken "Triple C," a street name for nonprescription Coricidin cough medication that, if abused, is said to cause similar reactions as Methamphetamine. He was also under treatment for anxiety.

He was sentenced to two years probation for battery on a law enforcement officer, but violated probation.

According to Hernando court records, a hearing determined he was not competent to stand trial. He was sent to a state mental hospital in July 2015.

This was the 29th police shooting in Florida in 2013.

Six days earlier, one officer shot one person in St. Augustine .

Four days later, two officers shot one person in Fort Lauderdale .

6 ways this case compares to others

  1. Deputy Fuhs was involved in one other shooting from 2009 to 2014. Eighty-five officers were involved in more than one shooting during that time period.
  2. Berrios approached police in a threatening manner before being shot. That's true in almost 10% of police shootings.
  3. Berrios was among the 7 percent of people who appeared to be on drugs before being shot.
  4. Berrios did not immediately comply with police instruction, a factor in nearly a quarter of shootings.
  5. Berrios was shot after injuring an officer. That was true in 8 percent of shootings.
  6. Berrios showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.

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