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Nov. 18, 2014 — Dunedin

Michael Case was stabbing himself with a steak knife and yelling "Let me die." His girlfriend called 911 shortly after midnight, while her mother restrained him on the floor.

Deputy Jose Berrios-Collazo pinned Case's knife arm with his foot and started to draw his Taser. Case, 34, freed his hand and lunged at the deputy.

Berrios-Collazo retreated outside. By this time, Deputy Peter Eigo had arrived. Authorities said that Berrios-Collazo fired three times when Case ran at him. Deputy Eigo fired four rounds. Read more

Case died at the scene.

Case's girlfriend said that he appeared to be high but not on his usual opiates. The girlfriend's mother had asked him to move out because he was unemployed.

Deputies learned that Case, giving a false name, had telephoned 911 around 10:30 p.m., complaining about people shouting and that a man named Michael Case, who had active warrants, was at the mobile home.

This was the 109th police shooting in Florida in 2014.

Two days earlier, one officer shot one person in Inverness .

Two days later, six officers shot one person in Tallahassee .

7 ways this case compares to others

  1. Case approached police in a threatening manner before being shot. That's true in almost 10% of police shootings.
  2. Case was among the 7 percent of people who appeared to be on drugs before being shot.
  3. Case did not immediately comply with police instruction, a factor in nearly a quarter of shootings.
  4. Case was armed with a blade/stabbing implement. Only 80 other people were armed the same way.
  5. Case told someone that he wanted officers to kill him. That preceded 10 percent of police shootings.
  6. Case were shot after resisting arrest. A total of 114 people were shot while resisting arrest.
  7. Case showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.

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