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May 30, 2012 — Cocoa Beach

Officer Ronald Betts responded to a report at a 7-Eleven about a suspicious person inside, a man later identified as Olivier Babadjide, 30.

The officer asked Babadjid to step outside. But when Betts tried to search Babadjide, police said he became erratic.

When Betts asked Babadjide to sit down, he threatened the officer and reportedly told Betts that he was "going to die" that day. Read more

Betts warned Babadjide before attempting to shock him with a Taser, which appeared to have no effect.

“It was like he was completely drugged out or a mental case," a witness said.

Babadjide then knocked the Taser from the officer's hand and punched him several times, witnesses said. Betts drew his gun and, after a warning, shot Babadjide twice.

Babadjide was flown to a hospital but survived. Betts was later cleared by a Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigation.

This was the 54th police shooting in Florida in 2012.

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

One day later, one officer shot one person in Jacksonville .

5 ways this case compares to others

  1. Babadjide did not immediately comply with police instruction, a factor in nearly a quarter of shootings.
  2. Babadjide was shot after injuring an officer. That was true in 8 percent of shootings.
  3. Officer approached Babadjide after he was suspected of committing a minor crime. That’s true in 1 of every 12 cases.
  4. Babadjide was shot after resisting arrest. A total of 114 people were shot while resisting arrest.
  5. Babadjide showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.

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