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Aug. 28, 2011 — Deland

Lake County sheriff's deputies responded to call about William Paul Hill, 46, being inside a neighbor's house with a gun.

The neighbor also believed that Paul was high on cocaine.

Paul and his wife had argued the previous day, when the neighbor called police after Trudy Hill became afraid of her armed husband. Read more

Police arrived as Hill came out of the front door with a pistol under his chin. Five officers approached Hill in the driveway and shouted verbal commands to drop his weapon, deputies said.

Hill refused and authorities say that he pointed the weapon at deputies. Det. David Causey and Sgt. Richard Rippy fired approximately six rounds while Hill shot himself.

He was pronounced dead at the hospital. Hill had two wounds in his abdomen and the self-inflicted wound under his chin.

This was the 88th police shooting in Florida in 2011.

Three days earlier, one officer shot one person in Miami .

Three days later, one officer shot one person in North Miami Beach .

4 ways this case compares to others

  1. Hill was among the 7 percent of people who appeared to be on drugs before being shot.
  2. Hill was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  3. Hill showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.
  4. Hill pointed a weapon at officers. Twenty-eight percent of shootings involved people who police say pointed a weapon at them.

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