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June 28, 2012 — DeLeon Springs

Volusia County investigator Benyamin Yisrael accompanied a SWAT team to serve a search warrant for stolen goods at 6105 State Road 11 in Deland.

Clad only in boxer shorts, Ross Lambert, 29, readied himself to aim a rifle in the direction of officers. Deputy Yisrael shot Lambert three times, striking him once in the cheek and killing him.

It was later found that the rifle held by Lambert was not loaded. Read more

A woman and two children were also in the house, but the relationship between them and the deceased was not known.

This was the 69th police shooting in Florida in 2012.

The same day, two officers shot one person in North Fort Myers .

Three days later, one officer shot one person in West Palm Beach .

4 ways this case compares to others

  1. A SWAT or tactical team was involved in the incident. Tactical teams are involved in 7 percent of police shootings.
  2. Officer approached Lambert after he was suspected of committing a minor crime. That’s true in 1 of every 12 cases.
  3. Lambert was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  4. Lambert pointed a weapon at officers. Twenty-eight percent of shootings involved people who police say pointed a weapon at them.

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