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Dec. 24, 2014 — Delray Beach

Just before 8 a.m., Delray Beach police received two calls about a shooting at an apartment.

Officers arrived to find that off-duty Palm Beach County Sheriff's Deputy Shatara Shatara had shot and killed his son, Khamis.

Shatara said he woke up Christmas Eve to find his son choking his wife to the point of unconsciousness. He tried to break up the attack but in the end, used his service weapon to shoot the 21-year-old in the head. Read more

Afiefeh Shatara told police that her son suffered from PTSD after being abused by a relative as a teen. He had a mental break at 17 and had become angrier, blaming his parents.

He recently had a fight with his father. She was trying to prevent Khamis from resuming the argument when her son attacked her.

Police had been called over the years about Khamis' behavior. Prosecutors did not charge Deputy Shatara.

This was the 126th police shooting in Florida in 2014.

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

Two days later, one officer shot one person in Cocoa .

2 ways this case compares to others

  1. Shatara was involved in a domestic disturbance, a factor in 115 cases.
  2. Shatara showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.

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