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April 25, 2011 — Brandon

Thomas Noettl, 30, was a suspect in a bank robbery. Initially cooperative when arrested, he was taken to the home he shared with his parents to retrieve the money.

Noettl, whose hands were cuffed in front of him, grabbed a knife from the butcher's block in the kitchen and refused to drop it. Det. Charles Boswell fired, hitting him three times, according to Noettl's father.

Noettle was later sentenced to three years for aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer and five years for robbery. Read more

His family told reporters that Noettl took medication for anxiety and depression and questioned why deputies brought him back to his house instead of taking him to jail.

This was the 42nd police shooting in Florida in 2011.

One day earlier, one officer shot one person in Lantana .

Two days later, one officer shot one person in Miami .

5 ways this case compares to others

  1. Noettl did not immediately comply with police instruction, a factor in nearly a quarter of shootings.
  2. Noettl was armed with a blade/stabbing implement. Only 80 other people were armed the same way.
  3. Noettl were shot after resisting arrest. A total of 114 people were shot while resisting arrest.
  4. Noettl were suspected of being involved in an armed robbery. That's true in 1 of every 9 police .
  5. Noettl showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.

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