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Nov. 28, 2010 — Satellite Beach

Police arrived at a house on Grant Avenue just before 7 p.m., answering a call about shots fired.

Gabriel Field, 22, had shot and killed girlfriend Mary Kennon during an argument about custody of their one-month-old daughter.

Field also shot Kennon's mother. Read more

Cpl. Steve Owens confronted Field on the back patio, where he had just shot his third victim, his stepfather.

Field refused commands to drop his weapon and was shot and killed.

"I believe he was mentally disturbed anyway," his father, Thomas Field, told WESH. "He had a great deal of anger. When things didn't go his way, he would almost explode." Police found a target used by Field that was emblazoned with the word "Police" and a replica badge.

This was the 101st police shooting in Florida in 2010.

Two days earlier, one officer shot one person in St. Petersburg .

Five days later, two officers shot one person in Pompano Beach .

4 ways this case compares to others

  1. Field was shot after killing someone. Just five percent of shootings started with a homicide.
  2. Field was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  3. Field was involved in a domestic disturbance, a factor in 115 cases.
  4. Field showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.

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