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April 5, 2009 — Dunnellon

At 5:47 a.m., deputies responded to a domestic disturbance call north of County Road 39 in Citrus County.

When they arrived, Michael Landon Wolff, 48, fired at them and his mother, the sheriff's office said.

Wolff then fled in a blue Dodge Ram truck, driving faster than 100 miles per hour, as deputies chased him, crossing into Martin County. Read more

Wolff shot at deputies several times as they drove, hitting their cars without injuring any of them. Wolff also fired at a Marion County school bus, but no children were on board and the driver wasn't hurt.

Sgt. Ryan Glaze, from the Emergency Response Team, fired 20 rounds at Wolff with an assault rifle and Wolff's truck came to a stop.

Glaze then fired a burst of 21 shots from a sub-machine gun.

Wolff was hit at least once in the back by Glaze, but died from a gunshot wound to the head; an autopsy determined that he committed suicide.

He had a prior arrest record in South Florida and was wanted on an active warrant in Marion County for battery and violation of probation.

This was the 42nd police shooting in Florida in 2009.

One day earlier, two officers shot one person in Cocoa .

Three days later, one officer shot one person in Palm Springs .

9 ways this case compares to others

  1. Wolff fired shots at police, which happened in 15 percent of shootings.
  2. A SWAT or tactical team was involved in the incident. Tactical teams are involved in 7 percent of police shootings.
  3. Wolff tried to kill someone before the shooting, according to police. That’s true only 3 percent of the time.
  4. Wolff was one of 36 people shot in the back by police.
  5. Officers shot 41 bullets. The average was eight.
  6. Wolff was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  7. Wolff was involved in a domestic disturbance, a factor in 115 cases.
  8. Wolff was fleeing from police or a crime scene, which is true in a quarter of shootings.
  9. Wolff showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.

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