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Sep. 14, 2010 — Micco

Eric Bricker, 43, called 911 and told the dispatcher, "I'm done." He threatened to kill his family and then commit suicide.

He wanted the sheriff to send two deputies who were sharpshooters and fast shooters because he was going to "blow someone's head off." Brevard County sheriff's deputies and a SWAT team responded.

Bricker paced outside his house with his revolver in his hand and the Sheriff's Office aviation unit helicopter overhead. Read more

Around 11:30 p.m., Bricker went into the backyard and was confronted by deputies. SWAT Deputies Brett Cook and Christopher Little, Agents Brandon Gish and Robert Vitaliano, and Cpl. Matthew Hines fired, killing him.

It turned out that Bricker was holding an air pistol.

The two women in the house were unaware of Bricker's call to 911. His cousin said that he was bipolar, unemployed and had a history of alcoholism.

This was the 75th police shooting in Florida in 2010.

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

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

6 ways this case compares to others

  1. Bricker was shot after friends, family, or others called the police to ask for help in getting Bricker emergency mental health services. That’s a factor in 6 percent of cases.
  2. A SWAT or tactical team was involved in the incident. Tactical teams are involved in 7 percent of police shootings.
  3. Bricker was armed with a bb/pellet gun. Only 36 other people were armed the same way.
  4. Bricker told someone that he wanted officers to kill him. That preceded 10 percent of police shootings.
  5. Bricker showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.
  6. Bricker pointed a weapon at officers. Twenty-eight percent of shootings involved people who police say pointed a weapon at them.

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