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Oct. 27, 2014 — Hialeah

A 911 caller reported an armed man in the parking lot outside a Marshall's store in a Hialeah shopping center.

Police said they found John Wesley Helvie, 44, at 12:30 p.m. with a rifle, standing outside his car. They said he ignored commands and at some point, officers opened fire, killing him.

Helvie had at least two additional firearms in his Camaro. His intentions were not known. According to Helvie's mother-in-law, he had been suffering from depression. Read more

3 ways this case compares to others

  1. Helive did not immediately comply with police instruction, a factor in nearly a quarter of shootings.
  2. Helive was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  3. Helive showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.

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