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April 14, 2011 — Milton

Johann "Joe" Felber snapped, authorities said. He and his wife, Ruth, were separating. He began drinking, throwing things around the house and pulling out guns.

About 7:30 p.m., he came in with his shotgun and told his wife that he would "get" anyone who came through his door. Ruth left with two children and a niece.

When deputies arrived, Felber, 45, ran from his yard into the house and turned off the lights. He fired the shotgun several times inside the house and told negotiators he would not come out alive. Read more

Around 8:45 p.m., he turned on a light, broke a front window and pointed his shotgun at officers.

Deputy Andy Magdalany could make out Felber's silhouette and fired three shots. Felber was found dead in a bedroom with two wounds to the back and chest.

This was the 35th police shooting in Florida in 2011.

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

Four days later, two officers shot one person in Miami Gardens .

5 ways this case compares to others

  1. Felber was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  2. Felber told someone that he wanted officers to kill him. That preceded 10 percent of police shootings.
  3. Felber was drinking alcohol before being shot. That’s true in about 10 percent of police shootings.
  4. Felber showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.
  5. Felber pointed a weapon at officers. Twenty-eight percent of shootings involved people who police say pointed a weapon at them.

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