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March 3, 2013 — Fort Lauderdale

Two officers responded to a call about a suicidal man with a knife at a home in the Victoria Park neighborhood.

Officers Lauren Mager and Cherilyn Valenzuela said that Jeffrey Lowry, 43 and drunk, refused to drop the knife and charged at them as they were standing on his front porch.

The officers fired, killing him. Read more

Susan Lowry, who was watching from a neighbor's yard, said that her husband was not armed. She told reporters that a neighbor had removed the butcher knife from Lowry's hand and had taken all of the knives from the house, except for a butter knife.

She said that the officers had no reason to fire what she estimated were six rounds.

Susan Lowry filed a civil suit against the city and the officers. Both officers were exonerated by a citizens review board in 2016.

This was the 30th police shooting in Florida in 2013.

Four days earlier, one officer shot one person in Spring Hill .

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

7 ways this case compares to others

  1. Lowry approached police in a threatening manner before being shot. That's true in almost 10% of police shootings.
  2. Lowry was shot after friends, family, or others called the police to ask for help in getting Lowry emergency mental health services. That’s a factor in 6 percent of cases.
  3. Lowry was armed with a blade/stabbing implement. Only 80 other people were armed the same way.
  4. Lowry told someone that he wanted officers to kill him. That preceded 10 percent of police shootings.
  5. Lowry were drinking alcohol before being shot. That’s true in about 10 percent of police shootings.
  6. A civil lawsuit was filed in response to Lowry's shooting. Ninety other cases led to lawsuits.
  7. Lowry showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.

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