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Jan. 12, 2012 — Ponte Vedra Beach

St. Johns County sheriff's deputies shot Daryl L. Atkins, 59, drunk and suicidal, during a gun battle.

Deputy David Rosado, Cpl. Paul Clark and Sgt. David Tarbert responded to Atkins' apartment in Ponte Vedra Beach after a neighbor called 911 to report the man was very drunk, suicidal and armed. One neighbor told the St. Augustine Record that he saw a rifle barrel come out of Atkins' door followed by two bursts of gunfire.

Police said Atkins shot first and one or more of the officers opened fire. Read more

Atkins, who had told his neighbor, "I have no reason to live," died from a gunshot wound to the head.

This was the fifth police shooting in Florida in 2012.

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

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

5 ways this case compares to others

  1. Atkins fired shots at police, which happened in 15 percent of shootings.
  2. Atkins was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  3. Atkins told someone that he wanted officers to kill him. That preceded 10 percent of police shootings.
  4. Atkins was drinking alcohol before being shot. That’s true in about 10 percent of police shootings.
  5. Atkins showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.

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