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June 1, 2014 — Ocala

On June 1, 2014, a Marion County Sheriff's Office SWAT team surrounded a house in rural Williston to apprehend Dustin Heathman, 35, on a warrant for violation of DUI probation.

Heathman's father had called authorities to report that Heathman had stolen from him and was armed. He said his son was anti-government and "not right in the head." Deputies say they tried to negotiate with Heathman, then shot tear gas into his house as Heathman shot at the SWAT Bearcat vehicle repeatedly with his assault rifle.

After the second volley of fire, Sgt. Donnie Medlin returned fire in the direction the shots, a window in the home. Heathman surrendered after this exchange of fire believing he was hit. Read more

Doctors later removed a piece of metal from his back. Heathman's booking mug shows traumatic head injuries.

Friends have created a Facebook page alleging the deputies violated Heathman's civil rights. Heathman posted updates to Facebook during the stand-off.

This was the 63rd police shooting in Florida in 2014.

The same day, one officer shot one person in Miami Gardens .

One day later, one officer shot one person in Orange Park .

6 ways this case compares to others

  1. Heathman did not immediately comply with police instruction, a factor in nearly a quarter of shootings.
  2. Heathman 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. Heathman was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  5. Heathman was shot after resisting arrest. A total of 114 people were shot while resisting arrest.
  6. Heathman showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.

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