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Sep. 6, 2014 — St. Augustine

Aaron Ray, a 43-year-old retired Navy veteran, was in an argument with his wife when he began to threaten a "murder-suicide," according to the sheriff's office.

He allegedly struck her with a gun several times and fired a round into the ceiling of their home before his wife was able to flee with the kids and call 911.

The SWAT team and crisis negotiation team responded but couldn't make contact with Ray. Two deputies climbed stairs to the second story where Deputy Jason Kroul "encountered" Ray lying on his left side, "grasping a handgun," inside the single room. Read more

Kroul pushed into the room and began giving orders to drop the gun.

"When Aaron failed to comply, Deputy Kroul discharged his .223-caliber rifle and Cpl. (Shawn) Emert discharged his 9mm pistol," the investigative report said.

Investigators found 14 shell casings from their weapons and, in the master bathroom, a handwritten suicide note from Ray.

The medical examiner determined that Ray died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, suggesting deputies shot a man who was dead or dying. The FDLE did not investigate.

This was the 91st police shooting in Florida in 2014.

Eight days earlier, two officers shot one person in Orlando .

One day later, two officers shot one person in Wilton Manors .

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. A SWAT or tactical team was involved in the incident. Tactical teams are involved in 7 percent of police shootings.
  3. Officers shot 14 bullets. The average was eight.
  4. Ray was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  5. Ray was involved in a domestic disturbance, a factor in 115 cases.
  6. Ray showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.

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