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Dec. 22, 2014 — Lakeland

Susan Monroe, a psychologist, called police about having her husband committed.

According to police records, James Monroe was held for evaluation Dec. 16 after telling authorities he believed that his wife was cheating on him with federal agents in their attic. He was released.

Six days later, around 5 p.m., a relative called 911. Read more

Officers found Monroe, 61, standing at a window in his home, with a rifle nearby. During negotiations, he asked police to shoot him.

At 11 p.m., he came out his front door with a pistol. Attempts to disarm him failed. When Monroe raised his weapon, SWAT team members Jason Gates and Jarrod Robinson, Officer Christopher Cintron and Sgt. Doug Brown fired 31 rounds, striking him at least six times.

Monroe was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Police found Susan Monroe, 57, inside the home, dead from a shot to the back of the head.

This was the 124th police shooting in Florida in 2014.

Three days earlier, one officer shot one person in Holiday .

Two days later, one officer shot one person in Delray Beach .

9 ways this case compares to others

  1. Monroe was shot after killing someone. Just five percent of shootings started with a homicide.
  2. Monroe did not immediately comply with police instruction, a factor in nearly a quarter of shootings.
  3. A SWAT or tactical team was involved in the incident. Tactical teams are involved in 7 percent of police shootings.
  4. Officers shot 31 bullets. The average was eight.
  5. Monroe was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  6. Monroe was involved in a domestic disturbance, a factor in 115 cases.
  7. Monroe told someone that he wanted officers to kill him. That preceded 10 percent of police shootings.
  8. Monroe showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.
  9. Monroe pointed a weapon at officers. Twenty-eight percent of shootings involved people who police say pointed a weapon at them.

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