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Jan. 22, 2013 — Sarasota

Around 2:00 a.m., deputies pulled over Lawrence Gudmestad, 49, for speeding. He initially stopped but then drove away.

According to the sheriff's office, he was found at a house on Aloha Way, where he was hiding in a bathroom with a rifle.

Deputy Joshua Gnesin backed out of the house and waited. Gudmestad came out, yelled something about aliens and swore at the deputies. Read more

He then pointed the rifle. Deputy Gnesin fired two rounds from his rifle and Sgt. Mark Tuls one round from his handgun, wounding Gudmestad in the shoulder.

Gudmestad had a long criminal record in Florida as well as arrests in Michigan and New Jersey. He was later sentenced to 15 years in prison on two counts of aggravated assault on a LEO.

This was the 16th police shooting in Florida in 2013.

One day earlier, one officer shot one person in Vero Beach .

Five days later, two officers shot one person in Pensacola .

6 ways this case compares to others

  1. Gudmestad was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  2. Gudmestad was drinking alcohol before being shot. That’s true in about 10 percent of police shootings.
  3. Gudmestad was fleeing from police or a crime scene, which is true in a quarter of shootings.
  4. Gudmestad showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.
  5. Gudmestad pointed a weapon at officers. Twenty-eight percent of shootings involved people who police say pointed a weapon at them.
  6. This shooting came after officers pulled over Gudmestad for a traffic violation. Seventy-seven cases began with a traffic stop.

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