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Aug. 5, 2011 — Cape Canaveral

Francis "Howard" Morrell, a retired space engineer and dentist, barged into Whiskerz in Cape Canaveral and threatened two people with a gun about a business dispute.

When he realized the person he wanted to confront wasn't there, he allowed two people to flee the business as deputies arrived.

Deputies stated Morrell, 70, was standing in the doorway with a gun in his hand. After repeatedly telling him to drop the gun, deputies opened fire, killing Morrell. Read more

The deputies were cleared after an investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

This was the 76th police shooting in Florida in 2011.

11 days earlier, one officer shot one person in Palm Harbor .

Four days later, two officers shot two people in Miami .

5 ways this case compares to others

  1. Deputy Barrial was involved in one other shooting from 2009 to 2014. Eighty-five officers were involved in more than one shooting during that time period.
  2. Morrell did not immediately comply with police instruction, a factor in nearly a quarter of shootings.
  3. Officers shot 18 bullets. The average was eight.
  4. Morrell was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  5. Morrell was drinking alcohol before being shot. That’s true in about 10 percent of police shootings.

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