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July 17, 2009 — Hollywood

Peter James Bonfiglio, 22, called 911 claiming to be an Iraq war veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

He asked to speak with an officer. When police arrived at the home, Bonfiglio put a gun to his head.

Other people in the house either fled or were told to leave by Bonfiglio. At one point, he came outside and threw a Molotov cocktail at a police cruiser. After more than two hours, he walked into the backyard, raised his pistol toward an officer and was shot twice with a rifle. He survived. Read more

It turned out that Bonfiglio had a pellet gun and had never served in Iraq. His prior arrests included threats to bomb buildings and kill the president. According to court papers, psychiatric evaluations diagnosed a variety of mental health problems.

This was the 80th police shooting in Florida in 2009.

The same day, one officer shot one person in Hallandale Beach .

One day later, one officer shot one person in Sarasota .

3 ways this case compares to others

  1. Bonfiglio was armed with a bb/pellet gun. Only 36 other people were armed the same way.
  2. Bonfiglio showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.
  3. Bonfiglio pointed a weapon at officers. Twenty-eight percent of shootings involved people who police say pointed a weapon at them.

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