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Oct. 25, 2011 — Lake Worth

Two deputies were called to a domestic disturbance around 9 p.m.

As they approached, Jesus Barreto, 23, came out of the apartment with a knife. The deputies said that he refused commands to drop the weapon and moved toward them. Deputy Fraser Austin deployed his Taser but it had little effect. Deputy Ryan Reza fired his gun, fatally wounding Barreto in the chest.

A spokesman for the family said that Barreto suffered from schizophrenia and depression. One media report said that Barreto taunted the deputies to shoot him. Deputy Reza was also involved in the fatal shooting of Angella Falconi in January 2013, when Falconi tried to stab her husband. Read more

6 ways this case compares to others

  1. Deputy Reza 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. Barreto approached police in a threatening manner before being shot. That's true in almost 10% of police shootings.
  3. Barreto did not immediately comply with police instruction, a factor in nearly a quarter of shootings.
  4. Barreto was armed with a blade/stabbing implement. Only 80 other people were armed the same way.
  5. Barreto were involved in a domestic disturbance, a factor in 115 cases.
  6. Barreto showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.

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