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Aug. 15, 2010 — Davie

Max Earney, 54, approached Officer Raphael Garcia on the street. Authorities say that he was armed with a knife and threatening to commit suicide by cop.

Earney ignored commands to stop and drop the knife. As Garcia backed away, Earney moved toward him more quickly, closing the gap to eight feet.

Officer Garcia fired three shots, wounding Earney. Read more

4 ways this case compares to others

  1. Earney approached police in a threatening manner before being shot. That's true in almost 10% of police shootings.
  2. Earney did not immediately comply with police instruction, a factor in nearly a quarter of shootings.
  3. Earney was armed with a blade/stabbing implement. Only 80 other people were armed the same way.
  4. Earney showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.

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