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Aug. 5, 2014 — Panama City

Bay County sheriff's deputies found Aaron Lepak, 39, at a Budget Inn.

Earlier that the day, the Sheriff's Office received an arrest warrant for Lepak for domestic battery. He was accused of severely beating his wife.

The SWAT team was called in after Lepak refused to leave his room. Read more

He asked to talk to Sheriff Frank McKeithen, who, he said, had talked him out of killing himself when he was 15.

The two spoke for an hour in Lepak's room. Lepak, who was drinking, became agitated after asking the sheriff to read the arrest warrant to him.

Then he started waving his weapon toward the sheriff.

The sheriff drew his handgun and fired three rounds, striking Lepak in the chest.

Lepak also shot himself with his own weapon, according to news reports, and died days later.

This was the 84th police shooting in Florida in 2014.

10 days earlier, three officers shot one person in Deerfield Beach .

Seven days later, one officer shot one person in Lake Park .

6 ways this case compares to others

  1. A SWAT or tactical team was involved in the incident. Tactical teams are involved in 7 percent of police shootings.
  2. Lepak was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  3. Lepak was involved in a domestic disturbance, a factor in 115 cases.
  4. Lepak was drinking alcohol before being shot. That’s true in about 10 percent of police shootings.
  5. Lepak showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.
  6. Lepak pointed a weapon at officers. Twenty-eight percent of shootings involved people who police say pointed a weapon at them.

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