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May 31, 2013 — Lake City

Columbia County sheriff's Deputy Shayne Foote was among police surrounding Justin Ferguson, 35, who was drinking beer and pointing a gun to his head.

Ferguson said he would finish his three beers, then step off the front porch and force police to shoot him. Negotiators tried to convince him to give up peacefully, but Ferguson, who thought he was brain damaged by heavy drug use in the previous five days, darted off the porch and allegedly pointed the gun at a deputy.

Deputy Foote fired one round from his shotgun, striking Ferguson once, injuring him. Ferguson was treated at the hospital and eventually convicted of assault on a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest with violence. Read more

5 ways this case compares to others

  1. Ferguson was among the 7 percent of people who appeared to be on drugs before being shot.
  2. Ferguson was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  3. Ferguson was drinking alcohol before being shot. That’s true in about 10 percent of police shootings.
  4. Ferguson showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.
  5. Ferguson pointed a weapon at officers. Twenty-eight percent of shootings involved people who police say pointed a weapon at them.

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