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Feb. 5, 2014 — Perry

Around 10:20 a.m., Earl Edward Clague Jr., an employee of Timberland Ford in Perry, drove his truck to the front of the dealership.

He got out armed with a Remington semi-automatic 12-gauge shotgun. Clague, 51, shot one employee who was running away and another hiding in an office. As he walked to the service area, he encountered Taylor County sheriff's Deputy Robert Lundy, who happened to be there checking on his patrol car.

Clague fired, hitting the deputy in the abdomen. Lundy fired one volley at Clague, who fell, and another volley when Clague reached for his shotgun. Clague was hit by at least two rounds and died. Read more

Clague had another shotgun and a rifle in his truck.

Lundy, who survived, was hailed a hero for acting quickly. Three additional people in the dealership received minor injuries.

This was the 11th police shooting in Florida in 2014.

One day earlier, one officer shot one person in Delray Beach .

Five days later, one officer shot one person in Fernandina Beach .

5 ways this case compares to others

  1. Clague was shot after injuring an officer. That was true in 8 percent of shootings.
  2. Clague fired shots at police, which happened in 15 percent of shootings.
  3. Clague tried to kill someone before the shooting, according to police. That’s true only 3 percent of the time.
  4. Clague was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  5. Clague showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.

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