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Jan. 13, 2012 — Orlando

Cpl. Kyle Morse encountered Jose Simon-Dominguez, 21, on a bike trail just after midnight.

The homeless man was acting suspiciously and ignored Morse's orders. When Simon-Dominguez "advanced on the deputy," he feared for his safety and opened fire, according to reports.

Morse told state investigators he thought that Simon-Dominguez was reaching for a weapon, so he fired two shots into his chest and abdomen, killing him. Read more

Simon-Dominguez's blood later tested positive for cocaine and marijuana, according to a report.

Following a year-long investigation, authorities concluded that Morse had a reasonable belief that his life was in danger.

This was the sixth police shooting in Florida in 2012.

One day earlier, three officers shot one person in Ponte Vedra Beach .

Four days later, two officers shot one person in Jacksonville .

4 ways this case compares to others

  1. Simon-Dominguez approached police in a threatening manner before being shot. That's true in almost 10% of police shootings.
  2. Simon-Dominguez was among the 7 percent of people who appeared to be on drugs before being shot.
  3. Simon-Dominguez did not immediately comply with police instruction, a factor in nearly a quarter of shootings.
  4. Police thought Simon-Dominguez, who was unarmed, was reaching for a weapon before shooting him. Thirty-eight unarmed people were shot when police said they saw them reach for something.

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