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Dec. 7, 2014 — Yulee

Around 10:20 p.m., neighbors called police about a man firing a gun.

A second 911 call came from a woman who reported that her friend's boyfriend was firing a gun outside the house. A third 911 call came from someone inside who said they feared that Joshua Merritt would kill them.

Deputies arrived as Merritt, 31, was going inside the house with a small rifle. He came back onto the porch with a handgun. Authorities said that he raised the weapon toward deputies. Read more

Merritt refused to drop the gun, instead firing off several rounds. Deputies returned fire, killing him.

This was the 119th police shooting in Florida in 2014.

The same day, one officer shot one person in Titusville .

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

3 ways this case compares to others

  1. Merritt was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  2. Merritt was involved in a domestic disturbance, a factor in 115 cases.
  3. Merritt pointed a weapon at officers. Twenty-eight percent of shootings involved people who police say pointed a weapon at them.

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