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April 24, 2011 — Lantana

Relatives told police that Susan Jayne Pacifici, 50, was driving to Lantana to shoot herself in front of her estranged husband.

Lantana police and the sheriff's office responded. Confronted by deputies at her destination, Pacifici fired a shot into the air, put the gun to her head, waved it around and finally pointed it toward them.

Deputy Michael Tognacci fired one shot from his rifle, hitting her in the thigh. She was sentenced to 12 months probation for discharging a firearm. The aggravated assault charge against a law enforcement officer was dropped. Read more

3 ways this case compares to others

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

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