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April 15, 2014 — Leesburg

Lynn Burnett, 60, told a neighbor to call the police because he was going to kill himself.

Lake County sheriff's deputies responded and urged him to get out of his vehicle and told him that they would get him help.

Burnett was yelling at deputies and shouting obscenities. When he finally got out of the vehicle, deputies say that he pointed the sawed-off shotgun toward one of them. Read more

That is when Deputies James Getford and Billy Walls fired, striking Burnett once in the abdomen.

He was sentenced to more than two years of community supervision for aggravated assault and possession of an illegal weapon.

This was the 37th police shooting in Florida in 2014.

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

Five days later, one officer shot one person in Kissimmee .

4 ways this case compares to others

  1. Deputy Walls 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. Burnett was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  3. Burnett showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.
  4. Burnett pointed a weapon at officers. Twenty-eight percent of shootings involved people who police say pointed a weapon at them.

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