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July 20, 2010 — Boca Raton

A SWAT team member shot South Florida developer Robert Geiserman, 69, after he raised what appeared to be a weapon.

Geiserman's son called authorities around 3:30 p.m. saying that his dad appeared suicidal. The SWAT team took over negotiations when Geiserman walked in and out of his home several times with something in his hand wrapped in a towel. Around 10 p.m., he went into his backyard and, when ordered to show his hands, raised his towel-wrapped hand. He was shot several times by Deputy Jonathan Wildove.

The Palm Beach Post reported that Geiserman fired the final, fatal shot into his own head. Read more

4 ways this case compares to others

  1. A SWAT or tactical team was involved in the incident. Tactical teams are involved in 7 percent of police shootings.
  2. Geiserman was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  3. Geiserman showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.
  4. Geiserman pointed a weapon at officers. Twenty-eight percent of shootings involved people who police say pointed a weapon at them.

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