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Nov. 18, 2013 — Boynton Beach

Around 8:30 p.m., Jenny Riskas called 911, saying that a casual friend her husband had brought home was behaving aggressively.

She said that James Stephen Fay, 55, who was drinking, had pointed a handgun at her. He then pointed the 9mm Ruger at his own head.

Authorities say that Fay, at first, refused to come out of the house. When he did, he would not drop his handgun and instead pointed it toward Deputy Heather Kneisley and Sgt. Neil Honkala. Read more

They fired their rifles seven times, striking Fay twice. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Fay worked for John Riskas' construction company and the two had known each other for about a year.

This was the 122nd police shooting in Florida in 2013.

The same day, one officer shot one person in Orlando .

Two days later, two officers shot one person in San Mateo .

5 ways this case compares to others

  1. Fay did not immediately comply with police instruction, a factor in nearly a quarter of shootings.
  2. Fay was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  3. Fay was drinking alcohol before being shot. That’s true in about 10 percent of police shootings.
  4. Fay showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.
  5. Fay pointed a weapon at officers. Twenty-eight percent of shootings involved people who police say pointed a weapon at them.

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