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July 13, 2010 — Orlando

Orlando police responded to an apartment complex after receiving calls about a suicidal man with a firearm.

They found Eric Chenowith, 41, sitting on a bench by a pond holding a shotgun to his head. After a little more than an hour of negotiations, the standoff ended when police say Chenowith raised his T-shirt with his left hand to show them a pistol in his waistband.

He then started to remove the pistol with his left hand while continuing to hold the shotgun to his head. SWAT Officer Carter Gowen fired one rifle shot, wounding Chenowith in the abdomen. Read more

Officers found a bottle of scotch nearby.

Chenowith didn't actually point the gun or remove it from his waistband, according to the report. He "manipulated" the grip as if he was beginning to remove it.

This was the 52nd police shooting in Florida in 2010.

Five days earlier, one officer shot one person in Arcadia .

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

4 ways this case compares to others

  1. A SWAT or tactical team was involved in the incident. Tactical teams are involved in 7 percent of police shootings.
  2. Chenowith was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  3. Chenowith was drinking alcohol before being shot. That’s true in about 10 percent of police shootings.
  4. Chenowith showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.

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