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June 24, 2012 — Jacksonville

A man called 911 to report a suicidal friend who was threatening to cut himself.

Two officers arrived at the address and found 41-year-old William Leroy Haines on the front porch, apparently loading a semi-automatic pistol. He ignored commands to drop the weapon. As he walked toward the officers, he raised the gun.

Officer Bryan Turner fired one shot, wounding Haines in the chest. He survived. The pistol turned out to be a BB gun and it was Haines himself who called 911. Read more

5 ways this case compares to others

  1. Haines did not immediately comply with police instruction, a factor in nearly a quarter of shootings.
  2. Haines was shot after friends, family, or others called the police to ask for help in getting Haines emergency mental health services. That’s a factor in 6 percent of cases.
  3. Haines was armed with a bb/pellet gun. Only 36 other people were armed the same way.
  4. Haines showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.
  5. Haines pointed a weapon at officers. Twenty-eight percent of shootings involved people who police say pointed a weapon at them.

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