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Sep. 1, 2009 — North Miami Beach

Just after midnight, a North Miami Beach police officer approached John Benjamin Witherell, who was riding a bicycle.

Police said that Witherell pulled a gun out of his waistband and pointed it toward the officer, who fired several rounds, wounding Witherell.

According to TV news reports, police later said that the 35-year-old man had been drinking and was severely depressed. Read more

4 ways this case compares to others

  1. Witherell was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  2. Witherell was drinking alcohol before being shot. That’s true in about 10 percent of police shootings.
  3. Witherell showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.
  4. Witherell pointed a weapon at officers. Twenty-eight percent of shootings involved people who police say pointed a weapon at them.

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