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Oct. 25, 2013 — St. Petersburg

Around 5 p.m., Vincent Young walked into the emergency room of the C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center at Bay Pines carrying a backpack.

The 68-year-old told staff that he had a bomb.

When police with the Department of Veterans Affairs confronted him, Young brandished a knife and lunged at them. Read more

VA police shot and wounded Young. He was treated in the hospital but died.

Young had a history of arrests for domestic violence. He had told friends he was dying of cancer. The bomb was a hoax.

This was the 111th police shooting in Florida in 2013.

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

One day later, one officer shot one person in Clearwater .

3 ways this case compares to others

  1. Young approached police in a threatening manner before being shot. That's true in almost 10% of police shootings.
  2. Young was armed with a blade/stabbing implement. Only 80 other people were armed the same way.
  3. Young showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.

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