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March 23, 2012 — Fort Myers

Deputies responded to call from the daughter of a woman who was threatening to harm herself.

They entered the home of Patricia Mapes, 71, after making several announcements at the front door without a response. The deputies encountered, Mapes, who said "I don't care who you are." and threatened to shoot. Mapes assumed a shooting stance with her finger on the trigger, according to deputies.

In fear for his life, Deputy Robert Hamer opened fire, wounding Mapes. Read more

4 ways this case compares to others

  1. Mapes was shot after friends, family, or others called the police to ask for help in getting Mapes emergency mental health services. That’s a factor in 6 percent of cases.
  2. Mapes was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  3. Mapes showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.
  4. Mapes pointed a weapon at officers. Twenty-eight percent of shootings involved people who police say pointed a weapon at them.

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