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April 13, 2011 — Brandon

Two deputies approached Evelio Rodriguez, 20, near a trash bin in a restaurant parking lot to arrest him on a trespassing charge. He tried to walk away and deputies followed.

A struggle ensued and deputies say that Rodriguez grabbed one of the deputies' Tasers and pointed it toward them. Deputy Desirae Penrose fired two shots at Rodriguez, wounding him in the back.

Rodriguez' family said that he is mentally ill. He received probation. Read more

7 ways this case compares to others

  1. Rodriguez did not immediately comply with police instruction, a factor in nearly a quarter of shootings.
  2. Officer approached Rodriguez after he was suspected of committing a minor crime. That’s true in 1 of every 12 cases.
  3. Rodriguez was one of 36 people shot in the back by police.
  4. Rodriguez was armed with a taser. Only three other people were armed the same way.
  5. Rodriguez were shot after resisting arrest. A total of 114 people were shot while resisting arrest.
  6. Rodriguez showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.
  7. Rodriguez pointed a weapon at officers. Twenty-eight percent of shootings involved people who police say pointed a weapon at them.

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