Name: Ernest Vassell
Died: August 31, 2011
Age at death: 56
Cause of death: Shot by police
Location: North Miami Beach, Florida, USA
Ernest lived with his family. Every Sunday, he went to church with his nephew. He was autistic and disabled by a head injury from a fall as a child.
When police received 911 calls about a man walking around the neighborhood carrying a gun, they responded. Ernest, who was "scared of the police… scared of everything," did not comply with their commands. Police shot him to death.
The rifle turned out to be a toy.
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