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Jan. 20, 2014 — Interlachen

Sixty-one-year-old Diana Crockett Conner, who had lost her husband a year before and her mother three years earlier, called 911 to report prowlers on her property.

On the phone with a dispatcher, she said she didn't believe the men who showed up at her house were Putnam County Sheriff's deputies.

Neighbors told the Florida Times-Union that Conner was paranoid lately, saying odd things and complaining that her phone was bugged. Read more

In the early morning hours, police say, she barged outside firing a rifle at deputies. Deputy Thomas Burger shot her four times with his pistol. She died later in the hospital.

Burger had been fired from the agency in 2012 for violating policy by speeding at 124 miles per hour to a routine noise complaint, but was hired again 10 months later, according to FDLE records. He voluntarily resigned five months after the shooting, records show.

This was the eighth police shooting in Florida in 2014.

Six days earlier, one officer shot one person in Fort Pierce .

Two days later, one officer shot one person in Clermont .

3 ways this case compares to others

  1. Conner fired shots at police, which happened in 15 percent of shootings.
  2. Conner was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  3. Conner showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.

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