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June 20, 2009 — Miami

On June 20th, 2009, Richard Blount, 56, was killed by a Miami-Dade police officer after authorities said Blount charged at the officer with a screwdriver.

Officer Brent Speck was on patrol when he was flagged down by Jose Roman, the manager of the Turf Motel. Roman said Blount had burglarized a storage room and fled.

Speck found Blount, exited his vehicle and identified himself as a police officer. Read more

Blount pulled out a screwdriver and charged at the officer, police said.

Fearing for his life, Speck fired his weapon, striking Blount in the chest.

He was later pronounced dead at Jackson Memorial Hospital.

This was the 71st police shooting in Florida in 2009.

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

Five days later, one officer shot two people in Orlando .

5 ways this case compares to others

  1. Officer Speck 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. Blount approached police in a threatening manner before being shot. That's true in almost 10% of police shootings.
  3. Blount did not immediately comply with police instruction, a factor in nearly a quarter of shootings.
  4. Officer approached Blount after he was suspected of committing a minor crime. That’s true in 1 of every 12 cases.
  5. Blount was armed with a blade/stabbing implement. Only 80 other people were armed the same way.

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