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May 16, 2014 — Clearwater

On May 16, 2014, Justin Tucker called 911 and said he had stabbed his mother to death.

When three deputies arrived, they heard Tucker inside the house, yelling incoherently. Tucker walked down the staircase and out the front door with a dark object in his hand, deputies reported. Told to stop, Tucker, 36, continued to advance toward deputies.

Cpl. Pete Doyle fired several shots, killing Tucker. Deputies found Kathryn Clark, 67, dead with a butcher knife next to her. Tucker had a history of drug problems and violence. Read more

3 ways this case compares to others

  1. Tucker was shot after killing someone. Just five percent of shootings started with a homicide.
  2. Tucker told someone that he wanted officers to kill him. That preceded 10 percent of police shootings.
  3. Tucker showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.

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