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Feb. 28, 2012 — Merritt Island

Stewart Gilder, 57, called 911 around 10:30 a.m. and told the dispatcher that he was in a shed in the backyard with a .9mm pistol.

He said, I'm about to "blow my brains out." Deputy James Core was the first to arrive at the home, which belonged to Gilder's parents.

Core remembered making contact with Gilder months before on a Baker Act call. Read more

Authorities said that as Core approached him, Gilder raised his weapon toward the deputy. Gilder's mom tried to yell to the officer that it was a pellet gun, but the officer was firing at that point.

Core fired three rounds from his shotgun, striking Gilder in the right wrist, left elbow and chest.

Gilder later died at the hospital.

Gilder's weapon turned out to be an Airsoft pistol.

This was the 21st police shooting in Florida in 2012.

Five days earlier, one officer shot one person in Beverly Hills .

Six days later, two officers shot one person in West Palm Beach .

6 ways this case compares to others

  1. Gilder did not immediately comply with police instruction, a factor in nearly a quarter of shootings.
  2. Gilder was shot after friends, family, or others called the police to ask for help in getting Gilder emergency mental health services. That’s a factor in 6 percent of cases.
  3. Gilder was armed with a bb/pellet gun. Only 36 other people were armed the same way.
  4. Gilder told someone that he wanted officers to kill him. That preceded 10 percent of police shootings.
  5. Gilder showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.
  6. Gilder pointed a weapon at officers. Twenty-eight percent of shootings involved people who police say pointed a weapon at them.

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