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Oct. 19, 2012 — Naples

On Oct. 19, 2012, deputies approach Duane Gregory, a 49-year-old homeless man who appeared to have a handgun.

Authorities say Gregory, who had been drinking, cursed at deputies and refused to drop his gun. Cpl. Daniel Fano shot and wounded Gregory after he pointed the gun away from his own head and at Fano.

The gun turned out to be a realistic-looking air pistol. Read more

4 ways this case compares to others

  1. Gregory was armed with a bb/pellet gun. Only 36 other people were armed the same way.
  2. Gregory were drinking alcohol before being shot. That’s true in about 10 percent of police shootings.
  3. Gregory showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.
  4. Gregory pointed a weapon at officers. Twenty-eight percent of shootings involved people who police say pointed a weapon at them.

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