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Nov. 19, 2009 — Lake Worth

Shortly after 7 a.m., three Palm Beach County sheriff's deputies responded to a domestic violence call.

Sheriff's Deputy Terry Wise, Lt. Marcos Martinez and Sgt. Richard Dempsey found James Collins, 46, armed with two butcher knives. They persuaded Collins to let his girlfriend go, and eventually he put down the knives. A deputy fired his Taser at Collins, who pulled out the Taser prongs, picked up a knife and slashed Deputy Wise as they grappled. The other deputies opened fire, hitting Collins 15 times and killing him. Read more

4 ways this case compares to others

  1. Lt. Martinez was involved in one other shooting from 2009 to 2014. Eighty-five officers were involved in more than one shooting during that time period.
  2. Collins was shot after injuring an officer. That was true in 8 percent of shootings.
  3. Collins was armed with a blade/stabbing implement. Only 80 other people were armed the same way.
  4. Collins were involved in a domestic disturbance, a factor in 115 cases.

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