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Dec. 25, 2011 — Hudson

Around 6:15 p.m. on Christmas Day, deputies arrived to find Brian Naab and Candi Schonemen struggling over a shotgun in front of Naab’s home.

Naab, 49, had been shooting into the air, apparently at birds, from the backyard deck. Cpl. Jose Valenzuela shouted for them to drop the weapon.

Naab fired once more into the air and told the deputy to get off his property. Read more

Schonemen wrestled the shotgun away and put it on the ground.

Then Naab walked toward Deputy Valenzuela, pulling a handgun from his waistband.

After a warning, Valenzuela fired five rounds, hitting Naab four times and killing him.

The state attorney's report said Naab’s blood alcohol content was 0.349, more than four times the level at which state law considers someone impaired. Deputies had been to the home before on domestic dispute calls.

This was the 130th police shooting in Florida in 2011.

Two days earlier, one officer shot one person in Pensacola .

Two days later, one officer shot one person in Cape Coral .

3 ways this case compares to others

  1. Naab approached police in a threatening manner before being shot. That's true in almost 10% of police shootings.
  2. Naab was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  3. Naab was drinking alcohol before being shot. That’s true in about 10 percent of police shootings.

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