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April 7, 2014 — West Palm Beach

Around 1 p.m., deputies entered a vacant apartment searching for a burglary suspect.

Deputy Ernest Cantu spotted Tinoris Williams nearby and later went to Williams' apartment. Williams jumped the deputy and got his Taser out of the holster.

Deputy Cantu pulled his firearm and the two struggled over that weapon. Read more

Cantu fired, hitting Williams in the leg and in his head, killing him.

The deputy suffered gunpowder burns to his face.

Williams, who had a history of mental illness, had been arrested more than 30 times in Palm Beach County. He and Cantu had had a previous altercation when the two struggled at that same location during a domestic disturbance call in 2010. Cantu arrested Williams on a stalking charge the same year, according to the Palm Beach Post.

Williams' parents sued the sheriff and Cantu for wrongful death.

Cantu was cleared by the state attorney in 2014.

This was the 32nd police shooting in Florida in 2014.

The same day, one officer shot one person in Jacksonville .

One day later, two officers shot one person in St. Augustine .

3 ways this case compares to others

  1. Williams was shot after resisting arrest. A total of 114 people were shot while resisting arrest.
  2. A civil lawsuit was filed in response to Williams's shooting. Ninety other cases led to lawsuits.
  3. Williams showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.

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