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July 15, 2012 — Miami

Miami-Dade police responded to a call about a fight at a large party.

They arrived at about 2 a.m. and found John Fisher, 50, with a stab wound.

Police said that Timothy Williams, 36, came out of the home with a knife. He refused commands to drop the weapon and instead was preparing to stab another man when Sgt. Jordan Fried shot and killed him. Read more

Williams' mother, Rosalee Williams, said she saw the shooting and that the officer didn't say anything to Williams before opening fire.

She said Williams was standing in the driveway of her home, two doors down from the party. She and Williams' brother filed a wrongful death suit against Miami-Dade and the officer.

This was the 78th police shooting in Florida in 2012.

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

Three days later, one officer shot one person in Bradenton .

3 ways this case compares to others

  1. Williams tried to kill someone before the shooting, according to police. That’s true only 3 percent of the time.
  2. Williams was armed with a blade/stabbing implement. Only 80 other people were armed the same way.
  3. A civil lawsuit was filed in response to Williams's shooting. Ninety other cases led to lawsuits.

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