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April 14, 2010 — Deltona

A sheriff's SWAT team was assisting narcotics detectives in serving a search warrant at the home of Jason Tucker, 31, at about 6:15 a.m.

They said that they clearly announced themselves 20 times before entering, and they used a loud speaker.

As the home was being cleared, Sgt. Vidal Mejias opened a bedroom door and confronted Tucker, who had an assault rifle in his hands. Read more

Mejias and another deputy said Tucker pointed the rifle directly at Mejias' chest. Another weapon was on a nightstand.

Mejias fired twice, wounding Tucker in the hand and shoulder, according to the Daytona Beach News-Journal. Both weapons turned out to be pellet guns.

Small amounts of marijuana, scales and other drug paraphernalia were found.

Tucker later said that he thought he was being robbed.

Tucker was sentenced to 15 years in prison in 2014 for assault on an officer and a 2012 burglary charge.

This was the 30th police shooting in Florida in 2010.

Three days earlier, four officers shot one person in Cocoa .

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

5 ways this case compares to others

  1. Sgt. Mejias was involved in two other shootings from 2009 to 2014. Only 10 officers were involved in more than two shootings in that time period.
  2. A SWAT or tactical team was involved in the incident. Tactical teams are involved in 7 percent of police shootings.
  3. Officer approached Tucker after he was suspected of committing a minor crime. That’s true in 1 of every 12 cases.
  4. Tucker was armed with a bb/pellet gun. Only 36 other people were armed the same way.
  5. Tucker pointed a weapon at officers. Twenty-eight percent of shootings involved people who police say pointed a weapon at them.

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