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Oct. 24, 2014 — Edgewater

Officers responding to a disturbance confronted Trevor Silvia at about 1:30 a.m. outside the house where his mother lived.

Police said that Silvia, 34, was armed with a kitchen knife and was hostile. He tried to barricade himself in the garage but officers followed him and tried to use a Taser to subdue him.

Silvia removed the Taser prongs from his chest and moved toward the officers with his knife raised, police said. Sgt. John Tarr and Officer Charles Geiger opened fire, killing him. Read more

The 911 caller said Silvia was "not stable" and had been arguing with his mother. Silvia had previous arrests for DUI (reduced to reckless driving) and armed robbery of a CVS drugstore.

This was the 101st police shooting in Florida in 2014.

Four days earlier, one officer shot one person in Ocala .

Three days later, seven officers shot one person in Hialeah .

3 ways this case compares to others

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

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