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Jan. 14, 2010 — Cross City

Levy and Dixie county deputies received an alert that Hernando County homicide suspect John Kalisz may have been heading their way.

Kalisz was spotted by a Dixie County deputy. Kalisz, 59, pulled into a BP gas station around 5 p.m.

The deputies boxed in his van. As Capt. Chad Reed approached the driver's door with his weapon drawn, Kalisz fired a single shot through the driver's side window that caught Reed in the corner of his mouth, killing him. Read more

Lt. Michael Brannin saw Kalisz raise his handgun and fired four rounds through the van's windshield. Other deputies fired, too, hitting Kalisz five or six times, injuring him.

In 2011, Kalisz took a plea deal and was sentenced to life in prison for killing Reed. In 2012, he was condemned to death for the murder of his sister and her office manager in Hernando County.

This was the sixth police shooting in Florida in 2010.

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

Two days later, two officers shot one person in Tallahassee .

7 ways this case compares to others

  1. Kalisz was shot after killing someone. Just five percent of shootings started with a homicide.
  2. Kalisz fired shots at police, which happened in 15 percent of shootings.
  3. Kalisz killed a police officer. This was one of seven shootings that happened after an officer was killed.
  4. Officers shot 11 bullets. The average was eight.
  5. Kalisz was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  6. Kalisz was involved in a domestic disturbance, a factor in 115 cases.
  7. Kalisz was fleeing from police or a crime scene, which is true in a quarter of shootings.

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