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Nov. 3, 2012 — Port St. Lucie

Shortly after 7 p.m., the parents of Daniel Ross Fuller called 911 and told the dispatcher that their son was armed and threatening to kill himself.

Fuller, 46, reportedly said that he would shoot the officers too.

According to police, when officers arrived, Fuller was walking down the side of the house toward the backyard. A SWAT team was called around 9:30 p.m. after officers could not make contact with him. Read more

Around 11:30 p.m., Fuller was spotted in the backyard raising his gun toward officers, according to reports. SWAT team members Sgt. Reece Kilner, Detective Ryan Lodwick and Officer Adrian Zamoyski fired, killing him.

This was the 113th police shooting in Florida in 2012.

One day earlier, two officers shot one person in Pompano Beach .

Three days later, one officer shot one person in St. Petersburg .

6 ways this case compares to others

  1. Fuller was shot after friends, family, or others called the police to ask for help in getting Fuller emergency mental health services. That’s a factor in 6 percent of cases.
  2. A SWAT or tactical team was involved in the incident. Tactical teams are involved in 7 percent of police shootings.
  3. Fuller was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  4. Fuller told someone that he wanted officers to kill him. That preceded 10 percent of police shootings.
  5. Fuller showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.
  6. Fuller pointed a weapon at officers. Twenty-eight percent of shootings involved people who police say pointed a weapon at them.

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