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April 1, 2011 — Edgewater

Derrick Grippin, 30, had fired a gun at a bar during an argument with his girlfriend. He then went home around 11 p.m. and fired off more rounds.

He had also threatened suicide.

When police arrived, Grippin walked out of the house with a handgun, pointing it toward his head and at officers. Read more

He made one attempt to shoot himself but the gun did not fire. Grippin pulled back the slide on the gun and as he raised it, Officer Billie Harris fired one round from his rifle, striking him once in the right side.

Grippin placed the gun under his chin and shot himself in the head at the same time Harris fired. An autopsy determined that Grippin fired the fatal shot and would have survived the police wound.

This was the 31st police shooting in Florida in 2011.

The same day, two officers shot one person in Orlando .

Two days later, two officers shot one person in Ocala .

3 ways this case compares to others

  1. Grippin was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  2. Grippin showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.
  3. Grippin pointed a weapon at officers. Twenty-eight percent of shootings involved people who police say pointed a weapon at them.

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