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July 22, 2014 — Bell

Alachua sheriff's SWAT and hostage negotiation teams were called to a property near Bell to assist in a standoff with Jay Donald Stankovitch.

Stankovitch's father reported that his son was disturbed and suicidal, and armed with a .38-caliber revolver he had stolen. Stankovitch, 25, fired the handgun inside the house. After deputies deployed tear gas canisters, he fired out a bathroom window.

Then, after midnight, he came outside, pointed the gun at Alachua SWAT members and threw a gas canister. Deputy Kenneth Holt fired two rounds. Both bullets struck Stankovitch in the upper left arm. One passed through into his chest. He was pronounced dead at the hospital. Read more

5 ways this case compares to others

  1. Stankovich was shot after friends, family, or others called the police to ask for help in getting Stankovich emergency mental health services. That’s a factor in 6 percent of cases.
  2. A SWAT or tactical team was involved in the incident. Tactical teams are involved in 7 percent of police shootings.
  3. Stankovich was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  4. Stankovich showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.
  5. Stankovich pointed a weapon at officers. Twenty-eight percent of shootings involved people who police say pointed a weapon at them.

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