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Dec. 14, 2010 — Hastings

St. Johns County sheriff's deputies were escorting a woman and her child out of the house when, they said, Lawrence O'Bryan appeared in the doorway with a handgun and fired shots at them.

Deputies Shawn Emert, William Lennon and Coby Seckinger returned fire, striking the 53-year-old in the arm and shoulder.

He survived and was eventually deemed mentally incompetent to stand trial on three charges of attempted murder of a LEO. Read more

The woman, who called 911, said that O'Bryan had been drinking.

The depties were cleared and awarded medals at the sheriff's annual banquet.

This was the 103rd police shooting in Florida in 2010.

11 days earlier, two officers shot one person in Pompano Beach .

Two days later, three officers shot one person in Miami .

6 ways this case compares to others

  1. Deputy Emert was involved in two other shootings from 2009 to 2014. Only 10 officers were involved in more than two shootings in that time period.
  2. O'Bryan fired shots at police, which happened in 15 percent of shootings.
  3. O'Bryan was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  4. O'Bryan was involved in a domestic disturbance, a factor in 115 cases.
  5. O'Bryan was drinking alcohol before being shot. That’s true in about 10 percent of police shootings.
  6. O'Bryan showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.

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