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Nov. 27, 2014 — Tampa

Around 1 p.m. on Thanksgiving eve, deputies responded to Matthew Cormier's Westchase townhouse after his sister reported that he was suicidal.

Cormier, 45, threatened deputies, saying that they would have to kill him.

Around 6 p.m., he fired from a second-story window, hitting a patrol vehicle. When he again raised his handgun, SWAT Deputy Joel Tanaka fired one shot, striking him in the upper torso and killing him. Read more

6 ways this case compares to others

  1. Cormier was shot after friends, family, or others called the police to ask for help in getting Cormier emergency mental health services. That’s a factor in 6 percent of cases.
  2. Cormier fired shots at police, which happened in 15 percent of shootings.
  3. Cormier was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  4. Cormier told someone that he wanted officers to kill him. That preceded 10 percent of police shootings.
  5. Cormier showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.
  6. Cormier pointed a weapon at officers. Twenty-eight percent of shootings involved people who police say pointed a weapon at them.

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