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June 28, 2011 — Palm Harbor

Edward DiGrandi, 73, arrived at his ex-wife's home in Palm Harbor just before 7 a.m., upset about the financial settlement in their recent divorce.

When Mary Susan Gunther Marino, 67, opened the door, DiGrandi pushed past her with a gun. She was able to knock the weapon out of his hand and fled to her neighbor's to call authorities.

Deputies stopped DiGrandi's car on Alderman Road about 8 a.m. He got out with his gun pointed at his chest, threatening suicide. Read more

Ordered to put down his weapon, he instead pointed it at deputies.

Deputies Jeff Crandall, Robert Wojciechowski and Kris Fratus opened fire, killing him. DiGrandi's first alimony payment was due in three days.

This was the 62nd police shooting in Florida in 2011.

Three days earlier, two officers shot one person in Jacksonville Beach .

One day later, one officer shot one person in Orlando .

6 ways this case compares to others

  1. DiGrandi did not immediately comply with police instruction, a factor in nearly a quarter of shootings.
  2. DiGrandi was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  3. DiGrandi was involved in a domestic disturbance, a factor in 115 cases.
  4. DiGrandi told someone that he wanted officers to kill him. That preceded 10 percent of police shootings.
  5. DiGrandi showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.
  6. DiGrandi pointed a weapon at officers. Twenty-eight percent of shootings involved people who police say pointed a weapon at them.

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