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May 19, 2014 — Masaryktown

Robert Sharp became violent during a dispute with his wife at their home in Masaryktown.

Around midnight, Susan Sharp called 911 to report that her husband was threatening suicide. Dispatchers could hear shots being fired in the background. Susan Sharp told deputies that Sharp had been drinking and taking prescription drugs.

Sharp, 56, fired more shots inside the home. He also told dispatchers that he was shot and for deputies to come into the house and kill him. He also threatened to kill deputies. Read more

Authorities said that Sharp came out onto the porch and fired at deputies. Deputy Derik Deso fired back twice.

SWAT team members finally entered the home at 7 a.m. and find Sharp dead. Authorities were not sure whether Sharp killed himself or was shot by deputies.

This was the 56th police shooting in Florida in 2014.

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

Two days later, two officers shot one person in Orlando .

7 ways this case compares to others

  1. Sharp was among the 7 percent of people who appeared to be on drugs before being shot.
  2. Sharp fired shots at police, which happened in 15 percent of shootings.
  3. A SWAT or tactical team was involved in the incident. Tactical teams are involved in 7 percent of police shootings.
  4. Sharp was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  5. Sharp was involved in a domestic disturbance, a factor in 115 cases.
  6. Sharp was drinking alcohol before being shot. That’s true in about 10 percent of police shootings.
  7. Sharp showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.

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