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Aug. 4, 2010 — Brooksville

Keith Matthew Ritchie, 39, was wanted for questioning related to a domestic battery.

When Brooksville police attempted to stop him, he pulled a gun, fired several shots toward an officer and fled into the woods.

A Hernando sheriff’s canine found Ritchie behind a shed in the backyard of a home. Ritchie shot the dog and pointed the gun at his head when he was surrounded by officers and deputies. Read more

7 ways this case compares to others

  1. Ritchie was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  2. Ritchie was involved in a domestic disturbance, a factor in 115 cases.
  3. Ritchie told someone that he wanted officers to kill him. That preceded 10 percent of police shootings.
  4. Ritchie was fleeing from police or a crime scene, which is true in a quarter of shootings.
  5. Officers was chasing Ritchie on foot before shooting him. Officers shot 105 people during foot pursuits.
  6. Ritchie showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.
  7. Ritchie pointed a weapon at officers. Twenty-eight percent of shootings involved people who police say pointed a weapon at them.

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