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April 30, 2013 — Jacksonville

Todd Christopher Jones, 41, asked his stepfather to come to the home where they both once lived with Jones' mother before she died.

Elbert Lilley had moved out because of problems with Jones.

When Lilley arrived at the home, Jones burst through the front door with a knife attached to a PVC pipe and stabbed Lilley. He tried to shoot him but Lilley said the pistol didn't fire. Read more

Lilley ran to a neighbor's house and called 911.

According to police, officers spoke by loudspeaker and phone to Jones for two hours to coax him into leaving the house. Around 8 p.m., Jones charged from the house and pointed a black handgun at the officers. Sgt. Joel Weeks and officers Angel Santiago and Robert Holmes responded with 21 shots.

Jones was hit 11 times and pronounced dead at the scene. His weapon turned out to be a pellet gun.

This was the 47th police shooting in Florida in 2013.

One day earlier, two officers shot one person in Orlando .

One day later, two officers shot one person in Miramar .

6 ways this case compares to others

  1. Jones tried to kill someone before the shooting, according to police. That’s true only 3 percent of the time.
  2. Officers shot 21 bullets. The average was eight.
  3. Jones was armed with a bb/pellet gun. Only 36 other people were armed the same way.
  4. Jones told someone that he wanted officers to kill him. That preceded 10 percent of police shootings.
  5. Jones showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.
  6. Jones pointed a weapon at officers. Twenty-eight percent of shootings involved people who police say pointed a weapon at them.

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