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March 16, 2009 — Miami Beach

The shooting took place near a lifeguard stand on Miami Beach around 10 p.m.

Off-duty Palm Beach Sheriff's Deputy Justin Clayton said he and his girlfriend were walking on South Beach when Nicholas Burdett, 24, approached them with a knife, demanding money. The two men struggled until Clayton pulled his gun from his waistband and fired, hitting Burdett in the stomach.

Burdett, a tourist from the Boston area, had a history of mental illness, and the state attorney speculated that he had stopped taking his medication. Burdett's family disputed Clayton's version and filed a civil lawsuit, which was voluntarily dismissed in 2012 after the parties "amicably resolved their differences." Burdett was in Florida with his girlfriend to celebrate his 25th birthday on March 17, the day he died in the hospital. Read more

3 ways this case compares to others

  1. Burdett approached police in a threatening manner before being shot. That's true in almost 10% of police shootings.
  2. Burdett was armed with a blade/stabbing implement. Only 80 other people were armed the same way.
  3. A civil lawsuit was filed in response to Burdett's shooting. Ninety other cases led to lawsuits.

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