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March 22, 2013 — West Palm Beach

Daniel Rhodes, 49, had hit his wife and threatened her with a machete.

Rhodes had also been drinking, and his wife, Nina, later told a news station that he said he wanted deputies to kill him. She added that she thought he was just angry and not serious about what he said.

When Deputy Daniel Mercier arrived, he told Rhodes to put the machete down, but instead Rhodes charged and Mercier fired, officials said. Read more

6 ways this case compares to others

  1. Rhodes approached police in a threatening manner before being shot. That's true in almost 10% of police shootings.
  2. Rhodes was armed with a blade/stabbing implement. Only 80 other people were armed the same way.
  3. Rhodes were involved in a domestic disturbance, a factor in 115 cases.
  4. Rhodes told someone that he wanted officers to kill him. That preceded 10 percent of police shootings.
  5. Rhodes were drinking alcohol before being shot. That’s true in about 10 percent of police shootings.
  6. Rhodes showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.

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