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Aug. 17, 2013 — Boynton Beach

Timothy Dillon, 43, had been drinking and was threatening to shoot himself because of back pain.

He told his wife to take the children and leave. Dillion had fired shots inside the house and then into a Ford truck in the driveway. Palm Beach County sheriff's deputies surrounded his home.

Beginning at 6 p.m., Dillon walked outside several times with a gun, urging deputies to come and shoot him. After a five-hour standoff, Dillon walked out of the house around 6:40 p.m. and pointed a handgun at SWAT members Shawn Gordon and Eric Swiger. Gordon fired four shots, wounding Dillon in the neck and shoulder. He suffered fractures in his scapula and spine. Read more

5 ways this case compares to others

  1. A SWAT or tactical team was involved in the incident. Tactical teams are involved in 7 percent of police shootings.
  2. Dillon was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  3. Dillon was drinking alcohol before being shot. That’s true in about 10 percent of police shootings.
  4. Dillon showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.
  5. Dillon pointed a weapon at officers. Twenty-eight percent of shootings involved people who police say pointed a weapon at them.

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