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May 31, 2010 — Tallahassee

On May 31, 2010, Leon County sheriff's deputies were checking on the welfare of an armed and suicidal man, Jerome Ferrier.

When they arrived, 30-year-old Ferrier began firing at them from inside the apartment, striking a deputy in the shoulder.

Tallahassee police responded and began trying to extract the injured deputy from the front lawn. As officers helped the deputy, Officer Brian Davis saw a gun protrude from the doorway and fired at it, striking Ferrier in the arm. Read more

The shooting was ruled justified by a grand jury and Ferrier was sentenced to life in prison for attempted murder.

This was the 44th police shooting in Florida in 2010.

Two days earlier, two officers shot one person in Jacksonville .

Eight days later, one officer shot one person in Boca Raton .

5 ways this case compares to others

  1. Sgt. Davis 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. Ferrier was shot after injuring an officer. That was true in 8 percent of shootings.
  3. Ferrier fired shots at police, which happened in 15 percent of shootings.
  4. Ferrier was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  5. Ferrier showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.

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