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March 26, 2009 — Seffner

At about 6:40 p.m., Deputy Ricco Palermo confronted Gilbert Velez on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

Velez, 56, was carrying a rifle on his shoulder and pointing it at people. He refused to put down the "assault-type" rifle. Instead, he turned and pointed it at the deputy.

Palermo fired once, wounding Velez in the abdomen. Read more

3 ways this case compares to others

  1. Velez did not immediately comply with police instruction, a factor in nearly a quarter of shootings.
  2. Velez was armed with a bb/pellet gun. Only 36 other people were armed the same way.
  3. Velez pointed a weapon at officers. Twenty-eight percent of shootings involved people who police say pointed a weapon at them.

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