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Nov. 7, 2009 — Port Charlotte

Reserve Deputy Ed Jaques and Deputy Abimael Renta responded to Kande Lafferty's 911 call about her husband, who had found her revolver and threatened to kill himself and her.

The Laffertys had been out drinking earlier and then Kande told George Lafferty she planned on leaving him.

She had locked herself in their bedroom. George Lafferty, 62, met the deputies outside with a shotgun and a revolver when they arrived at 1:18 a.m. Read more

Two other deputies, Cpl. Yale Houghton and Deputy Paul Underwood, arrived for support.

Despite being told to drop his weapons, Lafferty continued to act aggressively toward the officers, hurling profanities and telling them to shoot him. Deputies Renta and Underwood, who were closest to Lafferty, saw him point his shotgun at them and both said they saw smoke around Lafferty, making them believe that he had fired.

Renta fired six shots before his pistol jammed. Underwood fired once.

Lafferty fell, wounded in in the chest and leg.

He pled no contest and was sentenced to three years in prison.

This was the 114th police shooting in Florida in 2009.

The same day, one officer shot one person in Jacksonville .

Three days later, one officer shot one person in Ocala .

5 ways this case compares to others

  1. Lafferty was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  2. Lafferty was involved in a domestic disturbance, a factor in 115 cases.
  3. Lafferty was drinking alcohol before being shot. That’s true in about 10 percent of police shootings.
  4. Lafferty showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.
  5. Lafferty pointed a weapon at officers. Twenty-eight percent of shootings involved people who police say pointed a weapon at them.

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