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April 22, 2013 — Longwood

Michael Morgan barricaded himself with a rifle in a storage unit after telling his estranged wife, who had an injunction against him, that he was going to die.

When deputies arrived, Morgan, 47, fired four shots into the air then threatened deputies and pointed his rifle toward them at least twice.

Several deputies fired at Morgan during the next hour. Just before 11 p.m., SWAT sniper Deputy Thomas Yeisley hit Morgan in the left shoulder, killing him. Read more

5 ways this case compares to others

  1. A SWAT or tactical team was involved in the incident. Tactical teams are involved in 7 percent of police shootings.
  2. Morgan was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  3. Morgan told someone that he wanted officers to kill him. That preceded 10 percent of police shootings.
  4. Morgan showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.
  5. Morgan pointed a weapon at officers. Twenty-eight percent of shootings involved people who police say pointed a weapon at them.

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