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April 10, 2014 — Orlando

Police responded to a domestic violence complaint from Timothy Kochlany's daughter.

Kochlany, 40, then pointed a crossbow at men he had working on his lawn, telling them to get off of his property. By the time deputies arrived, Kochlany had barricaded himself inside his home.

According to investigators, Kochlany threw objects onto his lawn and driveway, including propane gas tanks, gasoline cans, scuba tanks and paintball guns. Read more

Apparently trying to goad deputies further, he came outside, turned around, and then shot a crossbow bolt through the front door into the empty house.

He then went up to his attic and aimed a rifle at deputies. Deputy Vincent Hierholzer fired a round at Kochlany, wounding him in the forearm.

"Kochlany surrendered when the SWAT team arrived on scene," according to the Orlando Sentinel.

The Florida Department of Law Enforecment investigator's report lists two BB guns found in the house.

Kochlany pleaded not guilty to battery and assault charges but died before his case came to trial.

This was the 34th police shooting in Florida in 2014.

Two days earlier, two officers shot one person in St. Augustine .

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

6 ways this case compares to others

  1. Kochlany did not immediately comply with police instruction, a factor in nearly a quarter of shootings.
  2. A SWAT or tactical team was involved in the incident. Tactical teams are involved in 7 percent of police shootings.
  3. Kochlany was armed with a bb/pellet gun. Only 36 other people were armed the same way.
  4. Kochlany were involved in a domestic disturbance, a factor in 115 cases.
  5. Kochlany showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.
  6. Kochlany pointed a weapon at officers. Twenty-eight percent of shootings involved people who police say pointed a weapon at them.

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