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March 9, 2014 — Sebring

Floyd Hodge Jr. began shooting an assault-type rifle into the ground and then at his neighbors' houses.

Hodge, 31, who also had a shotgun, was driving his car in the neighborhood, pointing the car lights at houses, according to 911 callers.

Around 4:30 a.m., Deputies Justin Norris and Dennis Williams ended up in a stand-off with Hodge. He began shooting toward the deputies, who took cover. Read more

Sgt. John Singha arrived and saw Hodge point his rifle in the direction of the other deputies and a residence, reports stated. Singha shot Hodge in the head. He died at the scene.

The medical examiner stated that Hodge's teeth were decayed in a manner consistent with meth use.

This was the 22nd police shooting in Florida in 2014.

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

Two days later, two officers shot one person in Washington .

5 ways this case compares to others

  1. Hodge was among the 7 percent of people who appeared to be on drugs before being shot.
  2. Hodge fired shots at police, which happened in 15 percent of shootings.
  3. Hodge was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  4. Hodge showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.
  5. Hodge pointed a weapon at officers. Twenty-eight percent of shootings involved people who police say pointed a weapon at them.

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