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South Florida Man Fatally Shot by Police Officer

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. (AP) -- A South Florida police officer is on
administrative leave after fatally shooting a man who was allegedly
threatening four officers.

Pembroke Pines police Capt. Dan Rakofsky says 24-year-old John McCully was violent, belligerent and armed with a large kitchen knife when he confronted the officers responding to a 911 call Thursday night.

Rakofsky says McCully refused numerous verbal commands. He says
two officers stunned McCully with their Tasers but that failed to control his violent behavior.

Rakofsky says one officer fired at McCully in self-defense. The officer is 36-years-old and is a six-year veteran of the police department.

McCully died at a hospital of a single gunshot wound to the chest. Police say he had a history of mental instability.


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