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July 3, 2009 — Panama City

Dustin Garland's wife said she called authorities because her husband was out of control, walking around the house yelling and screaming.

She thought he might be drunk.

Garland, 27, came out of the house when he saw a deputy. He yelled obscenities at the deputy, told him to get off his property and then retreated to the house, authorities said. Read more

Other deputies arrived. Garland continued to be belligerent. As Deputy Chad Vidrine crossed in front of the porch, Garland emerged with a rifle and fired a round through the roof. Vidrine says Garland then lowered the rifle toward him.

Vidrine fired, wounding Garland. On the floor, Garland reached for his rifle and Vidrine fired, again wounding Garland.

Garland was sentenced to three years in prison for assault on an officer.

This was the 75th police shooting in Florida in 2009.

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

Three days later, one officer shot one person in Miami .

6 ways this case compares to others

  1. Deputy Vidrine 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. Garland did not immediately comply with police instruction, a factor in nearly a quarter of shootings.
  3. Garland was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  4. Garland was drinking alcohol before being shot. That’s true in about 10 percent of police shootings.
  5. Garland showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.
  6. Garland pointed a weapon at officers. Twenty-eight percent of shootings involved people who police say pointed a weapon at them.

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