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May 4, 2011 — Interlachen

A SWAT team made up of Putnam County sheriff's deputies were serving a search warrant at the home of alleged drug dealers.

Julie Lane, 33, and Melissa Mae McFarland, 32, a lesbian couple with an infant baby, later claimed that after hearing loud banging on the outside of their mobile home and, not knowing it was the police and fearing it was McFarland's brother, of whom she was afraid, they armed themselves with handguns.

Authorities said that deputies deployed two "flash bang" distraction devices and forced open the door. McFarland recognized them to be law enforcement and dropped her weapon. Read more

Lane began firing, hitting Dep. Randy Hayes once and injuring him.

Hayes and Deputies Charles Ussery and Scott Surrency fired on Lane, injuring her.

She admitted the two sometimes sold prescription drugs to friends. She was convicted on three counts of attempted first-degree murder and handed three life sentences in October 2013. McFarland was sentenced to 10 years for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Hayes was involved in a prior shooting. In 2007, he shot Charles Jay Jones, 47, twice after he refused orders to drop his knife and attempted to stab the officer.

This was the 46th police shooting in Florida in 2011.

Five days earlier, two officers shot one person in Sunrise .

Two days later, one officer shot one person in Orlando .

5 ways this case compares to others

  1. Lane was shot after injuring an officer. That was true in 8 percent of shootings.
  2. Lane fired shots at police, which happened in 15 percent of shootings.
  3. A SWAT or tactical team was involved in the incident. Tactical teams are involved in 7 percent of police shootings.
  4. Lane answered the door with a gun before being shot. Only 13 people were shot in similar circumstances.
  5. Lane was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.

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