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April 27, 2014 — St. Petersburg

Paul Sibley, 69, set his home on fire early the morning of April 27, 2014, and then sat in his backyard with a pistol.

His neighbor warned firefighters, who called police. Sibley shot at St. Petersburg police officers when they arrived.

SWAT team officers Bradley Bryan, Robert Peters and Matthew Hansell fired at Sibley, wounding him four times. Read more

He had told his neighbor that he was being forced out of the house by foreclosure.

Sibley was sentenced to 12 years in prison for arson and assault on law enforcement officers.

This was the 42nd police shooting in Florida in 2014.

One day earlier, one officer shot one person in Jacksonville .

Five days later, one officer shot one person in Jacksonville .

6 ways this case compares to others

  1. Officer Hansell was involved in one other shooting from 2009 to 2014. Eighty-five officers were involved in more than one shooting during that time period.
  2. Officer Bryan was involved in one other shooting from 2009 to 2014. Eighty-five officers were involved in more than one shooting during that time period.
  3. Sibley fired shots at police, which happened in 15 percent of shootings.
  4. A SWAT or tactical team was involved in the incident. Tactical teams are involved in 7 percent of police shootings.
  5. Sibley was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  6. Sibley showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.

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