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Dec. 4, 2014 — Orlando

Detective Andre Howard and Officer Antonio Shorter went to arrest a burglary suspect at his home.

When they arrived a little before noon, they saw Alejandro Cordero-Rivera, 32, and his father leaving the house and getting into a car in the driveway. Cordero-Rivera refused to get out of the car.

The two officers said that he was nervous, breathing hard and said he would not go back to prison. Read more

Detective Howard opened the passenger door and saw that Cordero-Rivera had picked up a handgun from the floor and was pointing it toward the officers. Howard fired six times, hitting Cordero-Rivera each time.

The handgun turned out to be a BB gun.

Noel Cordero, who got out of the car before the shooting, said that his son was a heroin addict and bipolar. He believed that Cordero-Rivera wanted police to to kill him.

Cordero-Rivera, who also spelled his name Cordelo Rivera, had been released from prison on a burglary conviction earlier in the year.

This was the 117th police shooting in Florida in 2014.

Two days earlier, one officer shot one person in Daytona Beach .

Three days later, one officer shot one person in Yulee .

5 ways this case compares to others

  1. Cordero-Rivera was one of 25 people who were shot after telling someone that he wouldn't go to jail or back to prison.
  2. Cordero-Rivera was armed with a bb/pellet gun. Only 36 other people were armed the same way.
  3. Cordero-Rivera told someone that he wanted officers to kill him. That preceded 10 percent of police shootings.
  4. Cordero-Rivera showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.
  5. Cordero-Rivera pointed a weapon at officers. Twenty-eight percent of shootings involved people who police say pointed a weapon at them.

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