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Dec. 14, 2014 — St. Johns

At first, Daniel Torres posed as a pizza delivery man to get inside his estranged wife's home.

When that didn't work, he tried to break in.

Just after 9 p.m., deputies confronted Torres, 51, who had cut a window screen on the home, opened the window and was yelling for his former wife. She was not at home, but the woman inside had called her and she, in turn, had called 911. Read more

According to authorities, Deputies Christina Dobbs and Kyle Braig repeatedly told Torres to drop his knife. He refused, turning toward them with the folding knife in his hand.

Deputy Dobbs fell as she backed away. Torres still refused to drop the knife.

Hobbs fired her rifle, killing him.

Torres had been separated from his wife for about six years. Deputies were told that Torres had been drinking and had a history of bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

This was the 122nd police shooting in Florida in 2014.

Three days earlier, three officers shot one person in Palm Beach Gardens .

Five days later, one officer shot one person in Holiday .

5 ways this case compares to others

  1. Torres approached police in a threatening manner before being shot. That's true in almost 10% of police shootings.
  2. Torres was armed with a blade/stabbing implement. Only 80 other people were armed the same way.
  3. Torres were involved in a domestic disturbance, a factor in 115 cases.
  4. Torres were drinking alcohol before being shot. That’s true in about 10 percent of police shootings.
  5. Torres showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.

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