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Sep. 20, 2014 — Homosassa

Around 6 p.m., deputies responded to the home of Kela Souter, who was threatening suicide and had locked herself in the bedroom.

Souter had already fired her .22-caliber rifle before deputies entered the house.

Authorities say that Souter, 49, refused to drop the weapon. When she pointed it at Deputy Kevin Brunk, he fired one round from his rifle, fatally wounding her in the chest. Read more

Her daughter said that Souter had fallen behind in her mortgage and other payments because she had been out of work following surgery on her shoulder. She had been on pain medication but her daughter did not think she was dependent.

The toxicology report indicated painkillers and alcohol.

This was the 94th police shooting in Florida in 2014.

The same day, one officer shot one person in Daytona Beach .

Three days later, one officer shot one person in Palm Springs .

8 ways this case compares to others

  1. Souter was among the 7 percent of people who appeared to be on drugs before being shot.
  2. Souter did not immediately comply with police instruction, a factor in nearly a quarter of shootings.
  3. Souter was shot after friends, family, or others called the police to ask for help in getting Souter emergency mental health services. That’s a factor in 6 percent of cases.
  4. Souter was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  5. Souter told someone that she wanted officers to kill her. That preceded 10 percent of police shootings.
  6. Souter was drinking alcohol before being shot. That’s true in about 10 percent of police shootings.
  7. Souter showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.
  8. Souter pointed a weapon at officers. Twenty-eight percent of shootings involved people who police say pointed a weapon at them.

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