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July 15, 2012 — Leesburg

Lake County sheriff's deputies were helping Leesburg police pursue a motorcyclist, Jonathan Brown, suspected of beating a man.

Deputies tracked the bike to a parking space in front of Andrew Lee Scott's apartment and knocked on his door around 1:30 a.m.

According to officials, the 26-year-old Scott came to the door with a gun in his hand and Deputy Richard Sylvester fired six times, hitting him four times in the arm, chest and abdomen. Read more

He died at the scene.

Deputies did not identify themselves because they were merely trying to learn the whereabouts of Jonathan Brown. Sylvester was standing to the side of the door with his gun drawn. Deputies believed Brown was armed.

Deputy Sylvester said Scott flung open the door and pointed a handgun in his face. Scott's girlfriend said that the pair was startled by the aggressive knocking and that Scott occasionally answered the door at night armed. She denied that he pointed the gun.

Deputy Sylvester was cleared and a civil lawsuit dismissed in 2014. Brown was found at a nearby apartment. The charges against him were dismissed.

This was the 78th police shooting in Florida in 2012.

The same day, one officer shot one person in Miami .

Three days later, one officer shot one person in Bradenton .

4 ways this case compares to others

  1. Scott answered the door with a gun before being shot. Only 13 people were shot in similar circumstances.
  2. Scott was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  3. A civil lawsuit was filed in response to Scott's shooting. Ninety other cases led to lawsuits.
  4. Scott pointed a weapon at officers. Twenty-eight percent of shootings involved people who police say pointed a weapon at them.

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