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March 29, 2011 — Jacksonville

Officers received a 911 call about a man in a trench coat brandishing a sword on a city street.

Officer Robert Wilbanks and a civilian tried to subdue Richard Chabot, 33, who suffered from paranoid schizophrenia and had been detained before under Florida's Baker Act, according to reports.

Officer Ken Browning soon arrived, and the two officers tried to shock Chabot with a Taser, but the Tasers were ineffective. Read more

Chabot then got into Wilbanks' car, which had firearms in the trunk, and tried to put it in gear. Wilbanks and Browning fired multiple shots into the driver's and passenger's side windows, killing Chabot. The officers were cleared in the shooting. Chabot's brother told news outlets he wished the incident had been better-handled. He said his brother always carried the sword.

This was the 29th police shooting in Florida in 2011.

The same day, four officers shot one person in Lauderhill .

Three days later, two officers shot one person in Orlando .

5 ways this case compares to others

  1. Chabot did not immediately comply with police instruction, a factor in nearly a quarter of shootings.
  2. Officers shot 12 bullets. The average was eight.
  3. Chabot was armed with a blade/stabbing implement. Only 80 other people were armed the same way.
  4. Chabot were fleeing from police or a crime scene, which is true in a quarter of shootings.
  5. Chabot showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.

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