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March 11, 2014 — Washington

Around 9:30 p.m., Washington County Sheriff's deputies responded to a call about a man armed with a rifle walking along Highway 90.

They said that when a deputy approached Michael Snyder, 57, he raised his rifle and then ran into the woods. Backup arrived from the Holmes County Sheriff's Office and the Bonifay Police Department.

Snyder emerged from the woods and ignored commands to put down his weapon. He advanced toward officers, aiming the rifle, they said. Just before 10 p.m., Deputy Jason Stafford and Officer Jim Hall fired seven shots at Snyder, hitting him five times and killing him. Snyder was carrying a Winchester air rifle. Read more

According to the FDLE investigation, he had been acting as though he expected police to come after him, saying that he would not be taken alive. The report also states that the person who initially called the sheriff to report Synder's erratic behavior said that he was carrying a BB rifle.

This was the 23rd police shooting in Florida in 2014.

Two days earlier, one officer shot one person in Sebring .

Two days later, one officer shot one person in Hallandale Beach .

5 ways this case compares to others

  1. Synder did not immediately comply with police instruction, a factor in nearly a quarter of shootings.
  2. Synder was one of 25 people who were shot after telling someone that he wouldn't go to jail or back to prison.
  3. Synder was armed with a bb/pellet gun. Only 36 other people were armed the same way.
  4. Synder showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.
  5. Synder pointed a weapon at officers. Twenty-eight percent of shootings involved people who police say pointed a weapon at them.

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