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July 26, 2014 — Deerfield Beach

Richard Sanfratello, 67, broke into his ex-wife's unit in Century Village, authorities said.

Around 1:30 p.m., their arguing escalated and he held her at gunpoint. When she escaped, he chased her, firing several shots.

Linda Sanfratello, 64, fled to her brother-in-law's condo, also in the retirement community. Richard followed, forcing his way inside. Read more

When deputies arrived, he had a gun pointed at Linda, and she was in the doorway of the condo. Richard had shot Linda in the hip and was standing over her threatening to kill her.

Deputies Kenneth Goobeck, Richard Van Der Eems and Edward Kelley fired a total of nine rounds, wounding him in the neck.

Richard faced eight charges including armed burglary, kidnapping, and aggravated assault on an officer.

This was the 83rd police shooting in Florida in 2014.

Three days earlier, two officers shot one person in Belle Isle .

10 days later, one officer shot one person in Panama City .

3 ways this case compares to others

  1. Sanfratello tried to kill someone before the shooting, according to police. That’s true only 3 percent of the time.
  2. Sanfratello was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  3. Sanfratello was involved in a domestic disturbance, a factor in 115 cases.

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