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July 8, 2009 — Pompano Beach

At about 9:45 p.m., a friend of Daniel Cook called 911 to say that Cook had gone to the Fort Lauderdale area to commit suicide with a gun.

Relatives said that Cook, 34, told them that he would kill himself or be killed, the sheriff's office said. Deputies located the Arkansas man in a parking lot near the beach, walking near his Chevy Blazer and holding a handgun.

Cook talked to deputies for roughly 30 minutes, occasionally putting the gun to his head. Read more

Deputies said he then raised his gun in a "threatening manner." Lt. Darin Dowe and Deputy Paul Yesbeck fired three shots, wounding Cook with one shot to the left side.

This was the 77th police shooting in Florida in 2009.

Two days earlier, one officer shot one person in Miami .

Five days later, one officer shot one person in Miami .

5 ways this case compares to others

  1. Deputy Yesbeck 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. Cook was shot after friends, family, or others called the police to ask for help in getting Cook emergency mental health services. That’s a factor in 6 percent of cases.
  3. Cook was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  4. Cook showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.
  5. Cook pointed a weapon at officers. Twenty-eight percent of shootings involved people who police say pointed a weapon at them.

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