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Aug. 9, 2013 — New Port Richey

Robert Kaminski phoned his wife, Lonnie, and threatened to kill her if she didn’t leave their home before he got there.

He arrived after 8 p.m. and a deputy stopped him outside the house. Kaminski, 62, tried to shoot the deputy but his pistol misfired.

The deputy retreated, took cover in the driveway and called for backup, as Kaminski hid inside the house. Kaminski refused to talk to negotiators. He emerged from the back of the house around 11:30 p.m. armed with an AK-47 assault rifle and a pistol in his waistband. Read more

He fired nine rounds at deputies. One deputy was injured.

Five deputies — Ben Barrington, Ben Birge, Daniel Green, Michael Spinelli and Robert Wilkins — shot back with 38 rounds, hitting him once in the thigh and once in the neck.

An autopsy determined that Deputy Birge fired the fatal shot to the neck.

Robert Kaminski had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder but had stopped taking his medication in 2012 and began drinking, according to authorities. His blood alcohol level was over the legal limit the night of his death.

This was the 86th police shooting in Florida in 2013.

Three days earlier, one officer shot one person in Lauderdale Lakes .

Three days later, three officers shot one person in Cooper City .

11 ways this case compares to others

  1. Deputy Green was involved in two other shootings from 2009 to 2014. Only 10 officers were involved in more than two shootings in that time period.
  2. Deputy Wilkins was involved in one other shooting from 2009 to 2014. Eighty-five officers were involved in more than one shooting during that time period.
  3. Kaminski was shot after injuring an officer. That was true in 8 percent of shootings.
  4. Kaminski fired shots at police, which happened in 15 percent of shootings.
  5. A SWAT or tactical team was involved in the incident. Tactical teams are involved in 7 percent of police shootings.
  6. Officers shot 38 bullets. The average was eight.
  7. Kaminski was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  8. Kaminski was involved in a domestic disturbance, a factor in 115 cases.
  9. Kaminski told someone that he wanted officers to kill him. That preceded 10 percent of police shootings.
  10. Kaminski was drinking alcohol before being shot. That’s true in about 10 percent of police shootings.
  11. Kaminski showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.

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