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July 18, 2010 — Pace

On the evening of July 18, 2010, authorities received two calls about shots fired at a fifth-wheel camper trailer on Tamarind Drive.

When deputies arrived around 9:15 p.m., Mark Walker, 41, was armed with a shotgun. Deputies say he fired at them.

Deputies Joe Ward, Robert Holster, George Holder, Mike Donlan and David Pennell returned fire, killing Walker. Read more

Neighbors told reporters that Walker kept to himself and was very paranoid and sometimes suicidal. Walker apparently had made previous calls to deputies about people running through his yard, knocking on his door or trying to get into his home.

According to a neighbor, Walker had called deputies the previous week. When they arrived, Walker was in the backyard with his shotgun but they did not see anyone else.

This was the 54th police shooting in Florida in 2010.

Four days earlier, one officer shot one person in Belleview .

Two days later, one officer shot one person in Boca Raton .

4 ways this case compares to others

  1. Walker fired shots at police, which happened in 15 percent of shootings.
  2. Walker was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  3. Walker showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.
  4. Walker pointed a weapon at officers. Twenty-eight percent of shootings involved people who police say pointed a weapon at them.

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