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Nov. 22, 2014 — Tallahassee

Investigators said Curtis Wade Holley, 53, set his house on fire to lure firefighters and police into an ambush.

He shot and killed Leon County Sheriff Deputy Chris Smith, who was first to arrive. Deputy Colin Wulfekuhl returned fire and warned away firefighters.

He was shot in the back but avoided serious injury because he was wearing a bullet-resistant vest. Read more

After a 12-minute rampage, off-duty Tallahassee police Officer Scott Angulo shot and killed Holley, hitting him five times with an assault rifle.

Authorities pointed to Holley's "anti-government, anti-establishment" views. They also said that his ex-girlfriend had told sheriff's deputies about his declining mental state and that he intended to kill anyone who tried to evict him days before the gun battle.

An autopsy found marijuana in his system.

This was the 112th police shooting in Florida in 2014.

The same day, three officers shot one person in Eustis .

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

7 ways this case compares to others

  1. Holley was among the 7 percent of people who appeared to be on drugs before being shot.
  2. Holley was shot after injuring an officer. That was true in 8 percent of shootings.
  3. Holley fired shots at police, which happened in 15 percent of shootings.
  4. Holley killed a police officer. This was one of seven shootings that happened after an officer was killed.
  5. Holley was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  6. Holley told someone that he wanted officers to kill him. That preceded 10 percent of police shootings.
  7. Holley showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.

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