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July 14, 2010 — Belleview

Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Michael Black pulled over Clifton Austin Salter's red pickup for speeding.

Investigators believe that Salter, 60, pulled a handgun and shot himself through the roof of his mouth. The wound, however, was not fatal.

When Trooper Black knocked on the truck's passenger window, he said that Salter ignored commands to drop his weapon. He raised the .25-caliber handgun toward Black, who fired three shots through the window and into Salter's chest. Salter again moved the gun toward Black, who fired two more rounds, authorities said. Salter was pronounced dead at the scene. Read more

Salter's drivers license had been permanently revoked. The Vietnam veteran was being treated for depression, PTSD and bipolar disorders.

He had told friends that he would not go back to jail.

This was the 53rd police shooting in Florida in 2010.

One day earlier, one officer shot one person in Orlando .

Four days later, five officers shot one person in Pace .

5 ways this case compares to others

  1. Salter was one of 25 people who were shot after telling someone that he wouldn't go to jail or back to prison.
  2. Salter was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  3. Salter showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.
  4. Salter pointed a weapon at officers. Twenty-eight percent of shootings involved people who police say pointed a weapon at them.
  5. This shooting came after an officer pulled over Salter for a traffic violation. Seventy-seven cases began with a traffic stop.

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