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Aug. 12, 2013 — Cooper City

Around 9 a.m., Lisa Taylor called 911 and said that she was "going to kill somebody" outside her home.

She also threatened to kill herself.

Sgt. Jason Tarala and Deputies Juan Hernandez and Toni Hopkins arrived to find her in the street with a small handgun. She refused commands to put down the weapon and when she pointed it at them, all three fired. Read more

She was pronounced dead at the hospital at 10 a.m.

Her weapon turned out to be a BB gun.

Taylor had been involuntarily hospitalized for mental observation under the Baker Act in 2011.

This was the 87th police shooting in Florida in 2013.

Three days earlier, five officers shot one person in New Port Richey .

Five days later, one officer shot one person in Boynton Beach .

4 ways this case compares to others

  1. Taylor was armed with a bb/pellet gun. Only 36 other people were armed the same way.
  2. Taylor told someone that she wanted officers to kill her. That preceded 10 percent of police shootings.
  3. Taylor showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.
  4. Taylor pointed a weapon at officers. Twenty-eight percent of shootings involved people who police say pointed a weapon at them.

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