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Feb. 23, 2012 — Beverly Hills

Nicholas Di Novo, 30, wrote suicide notes to his family and friends, then called police after a long night of drinking.

He was depressed and had not been taking his medication because he couldn't afford it.

When Citrus County Sheriff's Deputy Laura Newton arrived, Di Novo walked across the lawn and raised his shirt to show her a black handgun in his waistband. Read more

Newton ordered Di Novo to put his hands behind his head. He refused, saying, "Who's going to win this, me or you?" Newton tried to talk Di Novo down, then he reached for the gun and she fired four times, hitting him in the chest.

The handgun in Di Novo’s waistband was actually a BB gun.

Di Novo survived and was later convicted of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer.

This was the 20th police shooting in Florida in 2012.

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

Five days later, one officer shot one person in Merritt Island .

4 ways this case compares to others

  1. Di Novo did not immediately comply with police instruction, a factor in nearly a quarter of shootings.
  2. Di Novo was armed with a bb/pellet gun. Only 36 other people were armed the same way.
  3. Di Novo were drinking alcohol before being shot. That’s true in about 10 percent of police shootings.
  4. Di Novo showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.

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