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July 29, 2013 — Bonita Springs

Lee County sheriff's deputies responded to a domestic disturbance. Callers said that Donna Weaver was drunk and "beating on" her live-in boyfriend.

Weaver, 40, an Army veteran, exited the house with a gun in her hand and said, "I've got a round in the chamber and I'm ready to go." Deputy Christopher Meyer asked repeatedly for Weaver to drop her weapon, but she refused and reportedly waived the gun around. Meyer fired three shots.

Weaver, who had a blood-alcohol content level of 0.219, died of a gunshot wound to the chest. Her friends at the American Legion questioned the use of deadly force on a woman they said was gentle and kind. Read more

4 ways this case compares to others

  1. Weaver was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  2. Weaver told someone that she wanted officers to kill her. That preceded 10 percent of police shootings.
  3. Weaver was drinking alcohol before being shot. That’s true in about 10 percent of police shootings.
  4. Weaver pointed a weapon at officers. Twenty-eight percent of shootings involved people who police say pointed a weapon at them.

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