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Aug. 21, 2012 — Lake City

Police Officer Brian Bruenger responded to a domestic assault call around 2:30 a.m.

Through the open door of a second floor unit, he saw a man with a handgun walking toward the door.

Bruenger moved back and Jeramey Sweeny, 30, pointed the gun at him as he passed through the doorway, Bruenger said. Read more

Bruenger shouted "Gun! Gun!," drew his weapon and fired several rounds, killing Sweeny.

Nicole Maldonado, who called in the assault, threw herself on Sweeny and screamed that Sweeny was her boyfriend and was the victim of the assault she had reported.

The two had gotten into an argument with their roommate, the son of the mayor of Lake City, who later returned with his brother.

The brother assaulted Sweeny as he slept and then both men fled. Maldonado said Sweeny's eye was swollen shut and his nose was broken and he never raised his gun.

Bruenger was awarded a Medal of Bravery by the police department for the shooting.

This was the 91st police shooting in Florida in 2012.

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

Three days later, one officer shot two people in Miami .

5 ways this case compares to others

  1. Officer Bruenger was involved in one other shooting from 2009 to 2014. Eighty-five officers were involved in more than one shooting during that time period.
  2. Sweeny answered the door with a gun before being shot. Only 13 people were shot in similar circumstances.
  3. Sweeny was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  4. Sweeny was involved in a domestic disturbance, a factor in 115 cases.
  5. Sweeny pointed a weapon at officers. Twenty-eight percent of shootings involved people who police say pointed a weapon at them.

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