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July 22, 2012 — Tampa

Deputies responded to a 911 call about a man shooting a gun and threatening to commit suicide.

They arrived at 6:13 p.m. at the Paradise Village Mobile Home Park to find Craig Douglas Vilsack, 54, sitting on his porch, holding a handgun and drinking.

While Deputy Teddy Lynn talked with Vilsack, he began pacing and waving the gun. He came within 10 feet of the deputy and pointed the weapon. Read more

Lynn and Deputies Katherine Gabel, Jeremy Goff and William Irvin opened fire, striking him four times.

Vilsack died at the hospital.

This was the 82nd police shooting in Florida in 2012.

The same day, two officers shot one person in Tampa .

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

5 ways this case compares to others

  1. Vilsack was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  2. Vilsack told someone that he wanted officers to kill him. That preceded 10 percent of police shootings.
  3. Vilsack was drinking alcohol before being shot. That’s true in about 10 percent of police shootings.
  4. Vilsack showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.
  5. Vilsack pointed a weapon at officers. Twenty-eight percent of shootings involved people who police say pointed a weapon at them.

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