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May 19, 2010 — Tampa

Disabled Vietnam veteran Ronald J. Bullock, 61, lived in an RV park on MacDill Air Force Base.

Angry following an altercation at the recreational area, Bullock took off on his motorcycle around 6 p.m. He evaded base security but as he neared the closed Dale Mabry Highway gate, he got off the bike and was confronted by an off-duty FBI liaison agent. The FBI said that Bullock threatened and then lunged at their agent with a knife. The agent shot and killed him.

Bullock's uncle said that he suffered from PTSD and was on medication. An FBI investigation, in conjunction with Tampa police, cleared the unnamed agent. Read more

4 ways this case compares to others

  1. Bullock approached police in a threatening manner before being shot. That's true in almost 10% of police shootings.
  2. Bullock was armed with a blade/stabbing implement. Only 80 other people were armed the same way.
  3. Bullock were fleeing from police or a crime scene, which is true in a quarter of shootings.
  4. Bullock showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.

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