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April 9, 2010 — Winter Park

Around 1:30 a.m., Deputy Luke Healy stopped Bernard King, a 47-year-old homeless man who was riding a bicycle without lights.

Healy talked with King, who eventually told him that he was carrying a crack pipe and a knife, officials said.

Deputy Healy tried to arrest and handcuff King to take away the illegal items, but King punched Healy in the face and took off. Healy tried to use his stun gun but missed. Read more

He caught up with King about 100 yards away near a vacant K-Mart garden center.

Healy told Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigators that King dropped to his knees, pulled a knife, put it to his neck and said either, "I'm going to kill you," or, "I'm going to kill myself." Healy said King then lunged at him.

The deputy fired twice, striking King in the chest. He died at the hospital.

King's most recent arrest was by Healy, three months earlier.

An FDLE investigation cleared Healy.

This was the 27th police shooting in Florida in 2010.

The same day, one officer shot one person in West Palm Beach .

Two days later, one officer shot one person in Floral City .

7 ways this case compares to others

  1. King approached police in a threatening manner before being shot. That's true in almost 10% of police shootings.
  2. King was among the 7 percent of people who appeared to be on drugs before being shot.
  3. Officer approached King after he was suspected of committing a minor crime. That’s true in 1 of every 12 cases.
  4. King was armed with a blade/stabbing implement. Only 80 other people were armed the same way.
  5. King were shot after resisting arrest. A total of 114 people were shot while resisting arrest.
  6. Officer were chasing King on foot before shooting him. Officers shot 105 people during foot pursuits.
  7. This shooting came after an officer pulled over King for a traffic violation. Seventy-seven cases began with a traffic stop.

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