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Dec. 15, 2012 — Palm Coast

Troy Gordon, 32, was displaying odd behavior on Dec. 15, 2012. A family member called 911 to report that Gordon had a machete and had been reading the Bible.

Police found Gordon in the garage, but he moved shelves in front of the door as a barricade.

Three Flagler County sheriff's deputies tried to talk to him and eventually entered the garage, despite threats from Gordon that he would strike them with the machete. Read more

Deputy Brandon Fiveash Tased Gordon, who fell down. Fiveash then tried to climb over the barricade but fell backwards.

When Gordon tried to get on his feet again and advance with the machete toward Fiveash, Deputy Joseph Dailey fired 11 shots.

The autopsy showed that most of the 10 shots that hit Gordon were fired in a downward or "steeply downward" direction.

One shot was to the back of Gordon's head. Gordon's grandmother called it "murder." The family alerted the press that they intended to sue the sheriff's office.

This was the 125th police shooting in Florida in 2012.

The same day, one officer shot one person in Fort Myers .

One day later, two officers shot one person in Pensacola .

5 ways this case compares to others

  1. Gordon approached police in a threatening manner before being shot. That's true in almost 10% of police shootings.
  2. Gordon was shot after friends, family, or others called the police to ask for help in getting Gordon emergency mental health services. That’s a factor in 6 percent of cases.
  3. The officer shot 11 bullets. The average was eight.
  4. Gordon was armed with a blade/stabbing implement. Only 80 other people were armed the same way.
  5. Gordon showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.

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