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Aug. 2, 2010 — Spring Hill

Deputy Robert Somers was sent to 5351 Joyner Ave. to check on the well being of homeowner Robert Capkovic, 62.

Capkovic sent Bank of America a letter that stated he would kill himself if they foreclosed on his home. Capkovic was found in the master bedroom holding a long rifle.

He fired a total of three rounds at deputies, yelling that he would not be evicted. The deputies withdrew and started negotiations. Read more

About 9 p.m., after hearing nothing for more than four hours, the SWAT team entered the house. Two deputies found Capkovic in his bedroom.

He fired one round, wounding Deputy Lance Origon with bird shot. Origon and Deputy Tom Valdez returned fire, killing Capkovic.

The state attorney ruled the shooting justified.

This was the 61st police shooting in Florida in 2010.

Two days earlier, one officer shot one person in Sebring .

Two days later, four officers shot one person in Brooksville .

7 ways this case compares to others

  1. Capkovic was shot after injuring an officer. That was true in 8 percent of shootings.
  2. Capkovic fired shots at police, which happened in 15 percent of shootings.
  3. A SWAT or tactical team was involved in the incident. Tactical teams are involved in 7 percent of police shootings.
  4. Capkovic was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  5. Capkovic told someone that he wanted officers to kill him. That preceded 10 percent of police shootings.
  6. Capkovic showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.
  7. Capkovic pointed a weapon at officers. Twenty-eight percent of shootings involved people who police say pointed a weapon at them.

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