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Feb. 4, 2014 — Delray Beach

Around 7:20 p.m., 911 dispatchers began receiving reports that a man was attacking people near South Military Trail.

Anesson Joseph, 28, fought with three people, beating and biting them, until he encountered three Palm Beach County sheriff's deputies at 8:30 p.m.

By then, Joseph was naked, bloody and screaming. Authorities said that one deputy used his Taser but the prongs did not engage. Read more

Nearly simultaneously, Sgt. Richard Raasch saw something in Joseph's hand, and when Joseph charged, Raasch fired two shots. Joseph, hit once in the torso and once in the leg, died at the hospital.

No drugs were found in his system, other than anti-seizure medication. His family and friends said that he had no history of mental illness. The object in his hand was apparently a set of keys.

This was the 10th police shooting in Florida in 2014.

13 days earlier, one officer shot one person in Clermont .

One day later, one officer shot one person in Perry .

2 ways this case compares to others

  1. Joseph approached police in a threatening manner before being shot. That's true in almost 10% of police shootings.
  2. Joseph showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.

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