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June 16, 2013 — Miami

Joe White, 48, got into a fight with relatives at a Father's Day gathering in the Richmond Heights neighborhood.

White had an argument with his niece, then stabbed his mother and two sisters. He tried to back over his niece with his sister's car after the women fled outside.

White was pulled over by Officer Howard Vera. As Vera walked toward the car, he said that White reached for something on the passenger's seat. Read more

Officer Vera opened fire, hitting White twice and killing him.

A knife and a Bible were found on the passenger's seat.

This was the 68th police shooting in Florida in 2013.

The same day, one officer shot one person in Orlando .

Eight days later, two officers shot one person in Cape Coral .

4 ways this case compares to others

  1. White tried to kill someone before the shooting, according to police. That’s true only 3 percent of the time.
  2. White was armed with a blade/stabbing implement. Only 80 other people were armed the same way.
  3. White were involved in a domestic disturbance, a factor in 115 cases.
  4. White were fleeing from police or a crime scene, which is true in a quarter of shootings.

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