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July 12, 2014 — Lady Lake

The shooting of Harold Roudebush started when Karyn Hill called 911 and said Roudebush claimed he would commit suicide because of their break up.

Three Lake County sheriff's deputies arrived at Lady Lake Mobile Home Park where Roudebush, 54, lived. They called Roudebush and told him to come out unarmed. Roudebush came out and went back inside, then exited through a north-side door into a screened room around 6 p.m. and put a handgun under his chin.

He pulled the trigger but the gun did not fire. Read more

Roudebush then pointed the gun at Sgt. Mike Ross and Deputy Billy Walls. They and Deputy Jason Dunlap fired 17 rounds, hitting Roudebush 11 times and killing him.

This was the 79th police shooting in Florida in 2014.

Three days earlier, one officer shot one person in Estero .

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

7 ways this case compares to others

  1. Deputy Dunlap 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. Deputy Walls 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. Roudebush was shot after friends, family, or others called the police to ask for help in getting Roudebush emergency mental health services. That’s a factor in 6 percent of cases.
  4. Roudebush was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  5. Roudebush told someone that he wanted officers to kill him. That preceded 10 percent of police shootings.
  6. Roudebush showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.
  7. Roudebush pointed a weapon at officers. Twenty-eight percent of shootings involved people who police say pointed a weapon at them.

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