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Jan. 20, 2012 — Apopka

Around 10:15 p.m., Cpl. Chris Hall responded to a call about a man threatening Fire Rescue paramedics.

Officials said that Hall arrived to find Jerome James, 37, in his front yard, wielding a metal thatching rake.

The paramedics said that they had been called by James' father because James was having seizures. Other witnesses said he was drunk. Read more

Hall talked to James, who refused to drop the rake. As James moved closer, Hall tried to deploy his Taser. That angered James, who ran at him with the rake raised over his head.

The deputy fired, hitting James twice in the chest. He died Sept. 13, 2014.

Court records indicate that James was being evaluated for competency to stand trial for an unrelated incident.

This was the 10th police shooting in Florida in 2012.

The same day, one officer shot one person in Fort Lauderdale .

Two days later, one officer shot two people in Deland .

5 ways this case compares to others

  1. James approached police in a threatening manner before being shot. That's true in almost 10% of police shootings.
  2. James did not immediately comply with police instruction, a factor in nearly a quarter of shootings.
  3. James was armed with a blade/stabbing implement. Only 80 other people were armed the same way.
  4. James were drinking alcohol before being shot. That’s true in about 10 percent of police shootings.
  5. James showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.

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