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June 24, 2013 — Cape Coral

Officers Andrew Miller and Matthew Mills were with a group of police officers responding to a report of a man walking down the street with a rifle around 2 a.m.

Neighbors said Mark Alan Chernin, 43, had argued with his wife and fired a shot into the grass at her feet.

Chernin was in the street near his house, carrying a rifle and two pistols, when police arrived. He had brought his daughter outside in an apparent attempt to diffuse the situation. Read more

According to police, Miller and Mills yelled for Chernin to drop his weapons, but he did not, and instead raised the rifle toward them.

Both officers fired, killing Chernin.

The officers were cleared by the State Attorney’s Office and the Cape Coral Police Department.

This was the 69th police shooting in Florida in 2013.

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

Five days later, one officer shot one person in Miami .

4 ways this case compares to others

  1. Chernin did not immediately comply with police instruction, a factor in nearly a quarter of shootings.
  2. Chernin was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  3. Chernin was involved in a domestic disturbance, a factor in 115 cases.
  4. Chernin pointed a weapon at officers. Twenty-eight percent of shootings involved people who police say pointed a weapon at them.

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