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March 23, 2009 — Crystal River

Around 1:30 a.m., Citrus County Deputy Todd Cridland responded to a call of a suspicious person in the middle of U.S. Highway 19 in Crystal River.

He found Dominic Giacobbe, 26, behaving strangely in the highway median and occasionally stepping into traffic. Other deputies responded and Giacobbe produced a knife and stabbed an attacking K-9.

Police say Giacobbe then tried to charge Deputy Cridland, who fired six times, striking Giacobbe four times in the torso and twice in the arm. Read more

Giacobbe, who had been talking about angels and demons earlier in the day, died at the scene.

In the previous 24 hours, Giacobbe's behavior had twice brought him into contact with deputies, who did not think he was a danger. He had asked a deputy to put a bullet in his head if he were attacked by demons.

This was the 39th police shooting in Florida in 2009.

One day earlier, two officers shot one person in Lakeland .

Three days later, one officer shot one person in Seffner .

4 ways this case compares to others

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

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