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Jan. 28, 2011 — Orlando

Police were investigating a report of a stolen car near the Lakewood Forest subdivision when they received a call about a suspicious person in the area.

Deputies Jeffrey Stinson and Robert Graham encountered Juan Tirso Bisono, 18, at about 2:15 a.m. Bisono reportedly acted as though he had a gun.

Deputies told him to put his gun down, but when he refused, they fired at least 10 times, according to news reports. Read more

Bisono was found to be unarmed. Bisono was transported Orlando Regional Medical Center to have his non-life-threatening injuries treated.

Officials believed Bisono's gun pantomime was probably an attempt to get the officers to kill him. The use of force was ruled justified.

News station WFTV said the officers shot a garage door seven times, a house once and that one of their bullets went through a bedroom window where two kids were sleeping.

This was the 11th police shooting in Florida in 2011.

Two days earlier, one officer shot one person in Old Town .

Two days later, three officers shot one person in Largo .

3 ways this case compares to others

  1. Bisono did not immediately comply with police instruction, a factor in nearly a quarter of shootings.
  2. Officers approached Bisono after he was suspected of committing a minor crime. That’s true in 1 of every 12 cases.
  3. Bisono showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.

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