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Feb. 25, 2009 — Lakeland

A suicidal man called police to report he was armed. Officers showed up and formed a perimeter around the house. SWAT team members assembled as well.

The man was barricaded inside his home and officers kept their distance. The 58-year-old man, Bruce Wooley, eventually left the house with a shotgun, got in his car and drove around the neighborhood, all the while being monitored by the SWAT team. A commander told SWAT members not to let the man back in his house.

When Wooley pulled into his driveway, Officer Mark Eby approached with his rifle trained on Wooley. Read more

Wooley pointed his shotgun and Eby and two other officers fired, injuring Wooley.

Wooley was eventually sentenced to a year in jail and five years probation.

The review board suggested several changes to department policy regarding a barricaded person because of the shooting.

This was the 27th police shooting in Florida in 2009.

The same day, four officers shot one person in Miami .

Five days later, three officers shot one person in Miami Gardens .

4 ways this case compares to others

  1. A SWAT or tactical team was involved in the incident. Tactical teams are involved in 7 percent of police shootings.
  2. Wooley was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  3. Wooley showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.
  4. Wooley pointed a weapon at officers. Twenty-eight percent of shootings involved people who police say pointed a weapon at them.

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