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April 15, 2010 — Kissimmee

Four deputies were following up an tip about marijuana dealing when they knocked loudly on Carl Dykes' front door at 1:30 a.m.

In this type of "knock-and-talk" operation, police do not identify themselves until the subject opens the door.

Dykes, 56, said he was on edge because of two recent escapes from the neighboring Osceola County jail. He answered the door carrying a shotgun, which, he said, accidentally went off when he was blinded by the deputies' lights. Read more

Stunned but uninjured, Deputy Scott Koffinas returned fire, hitting Dykes in the chin. Another deputy also fired.

According to records, investigators later seized nine grams of marijuana, two pipes and a dozen firearms from the avid hunter.

A charge of culpable negligence was dismissed and one for possession of marijuana was dropped.

In 2013, Dykes filed suit against the sheriff and the two deputies.

This was the 31st police shooting in Florida in 2010.

One day earlier, one officer shot one person in Deltona .

One day later, one officer shot one person in Venice .

3 ways this case compares to others

  1. Dykes answered the door with a gun before being shot. Only 13 people were shot in similar circumstances.
  2. Dykes was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  3. A civil lawsuit was filed in response to Dykes's shooting. Ninety other cases led to lawsuits.

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