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Dec. 13, 2012 — Orange Park

Clay County sheriff's Deputy Reginald Hyatt III responded to a call on Crossing Boulevard regarding a potentially armed and suicidal Nicholas Cannady.

Police say that Cannady, 27, raised his gun at Hyatt and the deputy fired three shots, hitting Cannady twice and wounding him.

Cannady was reportedly diagnosed with bipolar disorder and had a recent change in medicine. He had attempted suicide on two previous occasions, according to authorities. Read more

Cannady disputes raising the gun at the deputy and insists he threw the gun and the deputy opened fire.

He was sentenced to three years in prison for aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer.

This was the 123rd police shooting in Florida in 2012.

The same day, one officer shot one person in West Palm Beach .

Two days later, one officer shot one person in Fort Myers .

3 ways this case compares to others

  1. Cannady was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  2. Cannady showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.
  3. Cannady pointed a weapon at officers. Twenty-eight percent of shootings involved people who police say pointed a weapon at them.

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