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Oct. 20, 2012 — Spring Hill

Hernando Sheriff's Deputy Rocky Howard and Tampa Police Officer Bill Mechler were attending a party at Howard's in-laws in Spring Hill.

Inga Swanson, 42, walked up to a man who was working on his truck with his young son. According to the father, she repeatedly told the boy that she loved him and tried to get in the truck.

She was naked and had walked down from a nearby house. Howard and Mechler went to talk to Swanson, who lay down in the road, growled and swore at them, then walked away. Read more

Howard asked the sheriff's office to investigate. Meanwhile, Swanson returned with a handgun and told the group that "the boy is coming with me." Howard and Mechler drew their weapons. Police say Swanson advanced toward the officers and was shot twice, once through the heart. Her .22-caliber antique firearm was unloaded and determined to be inoperable.

This was the 110th police shooting in Florida in 2012.

One day earlier, one officer shot one person in Naples .

Two days later, one officer shot one person in Holly Hill .

4 ways this case compares to others

  1. Swanson was among the 7 percent of people who appeared to be on drugs before being shot.
  2. Swanson was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  3. Swanson showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.
  4. Swanson pointed a weapon at officers. Twenty-eight percent of shootings involved people who police say pointed a weapon at them.

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