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Dec. 29, 2011 — Hialeah

David Calderin's girlfriend called authorities to warn them that Calderin threatened to commit suicide and planned to speak to her father at the Maroone Ford dealership.

According to court documents, Officer Nery de Leon Lowry approached Calderin at the dealership and ordered him to raise his hands. Telling Lowry he had a knife, Calderin raised it toward his own neck. Then he was shot in the arm from 30 feet by Officer Erik Schottenheimer, who arrived as backup.

Calderin began to run from the officers. Officer Schottenheimer shot him four more times. Read more

Calderin said he did not attempt to reach for the knife again.

Schottenheimer said he never heard anyone say Calderin had a knife. The officer thought he had a gun, and didn't see the knife until it fell to the ground after he stopped shooting.

Calderin filed a lawsuit against the police department and the officer.

The case was dismissed in December 2015.

This was the 132nd police shooting in Florida in 2011.

Two days earlier, one officer shot one person in Cape Coral .

Four days later, one officer shot one person in Jacksonville .

3 ways this case compares to others

  1. Calderin was armed with a blade/stabbing implement. Only 80 other people were armed the same way.
  2. A civil lawsuit was filed in response to Calderin's shooting. Ninety other cases led to lawsuits.
  3. Calderin showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.

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