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July 31, 2013 — Oakland Park

Responding to calls about a man with a rifle, three deputies confronted Jermaine McBean as he was walking into his apartment complex.

The sheriff's office said that McBean, 33, ignored repeated commands to drop his rifle and pulled the weapon up over his head and started to point it as he was turning toward deputies. Deputy Peter Peraza fired, killing McBean.

It turned out that he was carrying a Winchester air rifle he had just purchased from a pawn shop. Read more

Two items appear to call the police version into question. A photo that emerged in May 2015, appears to show McBean on the ground with an earbud in his left ear. After the shooting, Peraza told investigators that he hadn't seen anything that would have prevented McBean from hearing deputies' orders. Earbuds were found in McBean's pocket at the hospital.

Also, a witness who initially called 911 said that McBean never pointed the rifle at deputies. He had it balanced across his shoulders, the witness said, with his hands over each end, and was swinging around to face deputies when he was shot.

McBean's family filed a wrongful death and misconduct lawsuit against the sheriff's office and Peraza, who received an award following the shooting. In December 2015, a grand jury indicted Peraza on a charge of manslaughter, making Peraza the only Florida officer since 1989 to be indicted for an on-duty shooting.

In July 2016, a judge dismissed the manslaughter charge against Peraza.

This was the 84th police shooting in Florida in 2013.

The same day, two officers shot one person in West Palm Beach .

Six days later, one officer shot one person in Lauderdale Lakes .

4 ways this case compares to others

  1. Evidence in this case, and accounts given by officers and witnesses, included conflicting details. That was true for 27 other cases.
  2. McBean was armed with a bb/pellet gun. Only 36 other people were armed the same way.
  3. A civil lawsuit was filed in response to McBean's shooting. Ninety other cases led to lawsuits.
  4. McBean pointed a weapon at officers. Twenty-eight percent of shootings involved people who police say pointed a weapon at them.

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