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Jan. 9, 2013 — Tamarac

Neighbors said Linda Sue Davis, 60, was friendly, unless she stopped taking her medications.

Since 2008, deputies said, they had responded to Davis' home in a normally quiet 55-plus community 79 times. This time, late in the morning, a neighbor called 911 after Davis came after her with a gun.

Authorities said that Davis shot and killed another neighbor, Jolene Shamburg, 75. Read more

Davis, in turn, was shot dead in front of her house by Deputy Vincent Ciacciarelli when she refused to drop her handgun and raised it toward him. She fell not far from her victim.

Davis' relatives later said that she suffered from severe depression and was heavily medicated. She had been involuntarily committed under the Baker Act at one point. Her sister said Davis had recently been told that she had breast cancer.

Davis' daughter disputed the sheriff's account of her mother's actions and did not think the use of force was justified.

This was the ninth police shooting in Florida in 2013.

The same day, two officers shot one person in Tampa .

Four days later, two officers shot one person in Indialantic .

5 ways this case compares to others

  1. Deputy Ciacciarelli was involved in one other shooting from 2009 to 2014. Eighty-five officers were involved in more than one shooting during that time period.
  2. Davis was shot after killing someone. Just five percent of shootings started with a homicide.
  3. Davis was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  4. Davis showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.
  5. Davis pointed a weapon at officers. Twenty-eight percent of shootings involved people who police say pointed a weapon at them.

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