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Dec. 4, 2012 — Youngstown

A medical examiner's report said Mary Loflin, 62, had a history of suicide attempts and had been held for mental evaluation under Florida's Baker Act.

According to WJHG, Loflin called a suicide hotline on Dec. 4, 2012, which called the authorities. A Washington County sheriff's deputy arrived about 12:30 p.m., and Loflin fired two rounds at him from her porch.

Deputies from Washington County and Bay County then engaged in a two-hour standoff with Loflin and tried to convince her to surrender. Read more

The Bay County sheriff's SWAT team arrived and one deputy fired a bean bag round at her, but to no effect.

Cpl. Ryan Robbins then fired one shot and Deputy Chad Vidrine several gunshots at loflin. She was flown to a hospital with gunshot wounds to her back, thigh and hand and died 10 days later.

In April 2013, the State Attorney's Office cleared the deputies.

This was the 118th police shooting in Florida in 2012.

Seven days earlier, two officers shot one person in Miami .

Three days later, two officers shot two people in Pensacola .

9 ways this case compares to others

  1. Deputy Vidrine was involved in one other shooting from 2009 to 2014. Eighty-five officers were involved in more than one shooting during that time period.
  2. Loflin did not immediately comply with police instruction, a factor in nearly a quarter of shootings.
  3. Loflin was shot after friends, family, or others called the police to ask for help in getting Loflin emergency mental health services. That’s a factor in 6 percent of cases.
  4. Loflin 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. Loflin was one of 36 people shot in the back by police.
  7. Loflin was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  8. Loflin told someone that she wanted officers to kill her. That preceded 10 percent of police shootings.
  9. Loflin showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.

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