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Dec. 27, 2011 — Cape Coral

Joseph Cleary, a 22-year-old from Rochester, N.H., was shot and killed by Deputy Michael Tamulionis after he pulled out a gun and pointed it at another deputy.

Cleary was a fugitive considered armed and dangerous for violating probation and bail conditions after pleading guilty to first-degree assault in 2008. Lee County Sheriff's Office deputies responded with U.S. Marshals on a warrant for Cleary.

They found him in the garage of a home in Cape Coral. Cleary ran inside the house and into a bedroom. He appeared to be turning and went toward the ground, then pulled out a handgun and aimed it at K-9 Deputy Travis Deal. Read more

3 ways this case compares to others

  1. Deputy Tamulionis was involved in one other shooting from 2009 to 2014. Eighty-five officers were involved in more than one shooting during that time period.
  2. Cleary was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  3. Cleary pointed a weapon at officers. Twenty-eight percent of shootings involved people who police say pointed a weapon at them.

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