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Feb. 19, 2012 — Lake Nona

Police were called to Elmer Banner's home about a shooting.

Banner, 43, tried to leave the house through the rear door and refused to put down his handgun. An officer fired, wounding him twice.

Inside the house, police found Elmer Banner's wife, Debra, 46, and his mother-in-law, Carol Minich, 70, shot to death. Read more

Banner shot both during an evening of erratic behavior and religious delusions.

Banner's 14-year-old son saw him shoot his grandmother and his mother. Another son was also in the house. Joe Minich -- Carol's ex-husband, who was visiting -- heard the shot that killed Carol and came downstairs in time to see Banner shoot Debra. He ran to the neighbors to call police.

A jury rejected Banner's insanity plea and a judge sentenced him to life in prison.

This was the 19th police shooting in Florida in 2012.

The same day, one officer shot one person in Orlando .

Four days later, one officer shot one person in Beverly Hills .

5 ways this case compares to others

  1. Banner was shot after killing someone. Just five percent of shootings started with a homicide.
  2. Banner was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  3. Banner was involved in a domestic disturbance, a factor in 115 cases.
  4. Banner was fleeing from police or a crime scene, which is true in a quarter of shootings.
  5. Banner showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.

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