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Feb. 4, 2011 — Apopka

Gregory A. Horne, 29, had battled mental illness for 10 years.

He has been recently released from a mental health facility, when his father called police to report that Horne was breaking windows and "behaving erratically," according to the Sun Sentinel.

When police arrived that afternoon, Horne reportedly came out of the home on White Cloud Avenue carrying a "long-barreled" gun. He shot Deputy Rebecca McNerney, who was in training, in the shoulder. Read more

Deputy Brian Barbour fired two or three times, killing Horne.

The deputies later determined that the weapon Horne used was a non-lethal pellet gun, according to the Sun Sentinel.

McNerney was treated at the scene.

The shooting was deemed justified.

This was the 16th police shooting in Florida in 2011.

Two days earlier, four officers shot one person in Holmes .

Four days later, one officer shot one person in Miami .

7 ways this case compares to others

  1. Horne was shot after injuring an officer. That was true in 8 percent of shootings.
  2. Horne was shot after friends, family, or others called the police to ask for help in getting Horne emergency mental health services. That’s a factor in 6 percent of cases.
  3. Horne fired shots at police, which happened in 15 percent of shootings.
  4. Horne was armed with a bb/pellet gun. Only 36 other people were armed the same way.
  5. Horne told someone that he wanted officers to kill him. That preceded 10 percent of police shootings.
  6. Horne showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.
  7. Horne pointed a weapon at officers. Twenty-eight percent of shootings involved people who police say pointed a weapon at them.

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