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April 12, 2012 — Sarasota

Deputy Kenneth R. Frailing was serving a final notice of eviction to 49-year-old William F. Case.

Frailing knocked on Case's door and called out, "Sheriff's office." Case did not respond immediately, so Frailing called for backup.

When Case finally opened the door, the deputy could see he had a duffle bag on his shoulder and he asked him to show his hands. Read more

The Deputy stated that Case then a pulled a black semi-automatic handgun from the bag, pointed it at him and was about to pull the trigger.

Frailing fired six rounds and two hit Case in the chest.

Case was handcuffed and taken to the hospital.

He was later charged with burglary, for stealing food, and is a suspect in the 2011 murder of Karen Courts, however he has been ruled incompetent to stand trial.

This was the 36th police shooting in Florida in 2012.

Six days earlier, two officers shot one person in Palm Beach Gardens .

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

4 ways this case compares to others

  1. Case answered the door with a gun before being shot. Only 13 people were shot in similar circumstances.
  2. Case was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  3. Case showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.
  4. Case pointed a weapon at officers. Twenty-eight percent of shootings involved people who police say pointed a weapon at them.

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