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Sep. 30, 2014 — Sunrise

Marlon Woodstock's brother called 911 to ask for help getting his brother hospitalized.

He told a dispatcher that Marlon, 38, was mentally ill, off of his medications, and acting frantic and aggressive. He hoped to get his brother committed under the state's Bake Act.

O'Neal Woodstock had followed his brother to a gas station and told authorities that Marlon might be carrying the knife he had used to slash his cousin's tires earlier. Read more

Police said that Woodstock ran as they approached.

They caught up with him in the parking lot of a Walgreens drug store across the street. He was armed with a pocket knife.

They failed to subdue him with either stun guns or a K-9. One witness said that Woodstock showed the knife to officers, telling them, "This is all I have." Others said he threatened police or the K-9.

At some point, Officer Gregory Loor fired his pistol. Woodstock was pronounced dead at the hospital.

This was the 97th police shooting in Florida in 2014.

Three days earlier, one officer shot one person in Homestead .

10 days later, one officer shot one person in West Palm Beach .

4 ways this case compares to others

  1. Woodstock was shot after friends, family, or others called the police to ask for help in getting Woodstock emergency mental health services. That’s a factor in 6 percent of cases.
  2. Woodstock was armed with a blade/stabbing implement. Only 80 other people were armed the same way.
  3. Officer were chasing Woodstock on foot before shooting him. Officers shot 105 people during foot pursuits.
  4. Woodstock showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.

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