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Aug. 5, 2009 — Pensacola

An Escambia County deputy was justified in shooting at a West Pensacola man who flashed a "shiny object" in the window of his home, according to the state attorney.

Deputy August Busche was not charged in the Aug. 5, 2009, shooting of Timothy Cole, a depressed and possibly suicidal man who told deputies later that he fired out a window to make his estranged wife think he had killed himself.

Deputies were called to the house after Kimberly Cole called 911 to report Cole, 40, had threatened to commit suicide, a state attorney's office news release said. Read more

Cole suffered a non life-threatening wound and eventually pleaded to three crimes and received one year of probation.

This was the 88th police shooting in Florida in 2009.

The same day, one officer shot one person in Palatka .

14 days later, one officer shot one person in Hialeah .

3 ways this case compares to others

  1. Cole was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  2. Cole was drinking alcohol before being shot. That’s true in about 10 percent of police shootings.
  3. Cole showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.

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