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Oct. 25, 2013 — Islamorada

Monroe County sheriff's deputies responded to a call about gunfire around 1 p.m., Oct. 25, 2013.

Robert Parlette's wife had run to a neighbor's house saying that her husband had been drinking and had a handgun. When deputies arrived, they confronted Parlette, 73, in the backyard of his home.

Parlette fired twice at them and Deputy Luis Gomez returned fire with a shotgun. Parlette was hit in the neck and died. Read more

The Miami Herald reported that Parlette had been distraught over the death of his wife seven years earlier and had moved away. He had recently returned to the house with a new wife but had told a neighbor that he had a drinking problem.

This was the 111th police shooting in Florida in 2013.

The same day, one officer shot one person in St. Petersburg .

One day later, one officer shot one person in Clearwater .

5 ways this case compares to others

  1. Parlette fired shots at police, which happened in 15 percent of shootings.
  2. Parlette was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  3. Parlette was involved in a domestic disturbance, a factor in 115 cases.
  4. Parlette was drinking alcohol before being shot. That’s true in about 10 percent of police shootings.
  5. Parlette showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.

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