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April 6, 2012 — Palm Beach Gardens

Around 9:30 p.m., police chased Leon Sahakian to an area near his home on Sun Terrace Circle in suburban Palm Beach Gardens.

Sahakian, 50, was suspected of stabbing an ex-girlfriend earlier in the evening. Police said that he lunged at Riviera Beach police Sgt. Michael D'Andria and Officer Joseph Hoffman with a knife. They opened fire, killing him. Read more

3 ways this case compares to others

  1. Sahakian approached police in a threatening manner before being shot. That's true in almost 10% of police shootings.
  2. Sahakian was armed with a blade/stabbing implement. Only 80 other people were armed the same way.
  3. Sahakian were fleeing from police or a crime scene, which is true in a quarter of shootings.

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