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Updated: 1/22 12:28 pm
PUTNAM COUNTY, Fla. -- According to the Putnam County Sheriff's Office, 61-year-old Diana Conner, who was shot four times by a deputy, died Tuesday evening. 

Conner called the Sheriff's Office for help Monday morning because she thought there were burglars in her yard on Twin Lake Grove Drive trying to mess with her AC unit around 1:30 a.m., said Sgt. Hancel Woods with the Sheriff's Office. 

According to the Sheriff's Office, the deputies didn't find anything once they arrived at Conner's home. 

Conner called her neighbors saying deputies never checked out the incident, Woods said. 

According to the Sheriff's Office, deputies arrived to Conner's home saying they were law enforcement officers in her driveway. They demanded Conner to drop her rifle, and she shot at them. 

Then Deputy Thomas Burger shot at Conner four times, Woods said. The Sheriff's Office put Burger on administrative leave. 

Neighbor Robert Thomas said he wasn't surprised this happened.  He said, "Her husband died about a year ago, and she had developed a real paranoia."

Action News has learned Deputy Burger was fired from the Putnam County Sheriff's Office following an administrative investigation in Dec. 2011 into reckless operation of their patrol cars.

The investigation showed Burger and another deputy were racing down State Road 20 when Burger crashed his patrol car.  The Automatic Vehicle Locator inside the car indicated he was going 124 miles-per-hour in a 45 mph zone.

Burger was rehired about a year ago, according to the Sheriff's Office.

A spokesman told Action News Monday that Sheriff Hardy believes in second chances and, since then, Burger has been a model deputy.
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its me - 1/21/2014 9:17 PM
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i have to agree to!in 2011 read article he was fired for reckless driving!now this 61 year old ladie!i hope tat jeff hardy! make a change re-hire all new cop this is a wake-up call.palatka need to get those call and do the job.

nativejax - 1/21/2014 12:38 PM
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I have to agree, I don't think this Deputy should be working for the Police force. And SHOT 4 TIMES?? She needed a female negotiator..FACT....Sometimes when a woman is in a 'traumatic' state, as this woman OBVIOUSLY was, they cannot not HEAR a males voice...They are frozen in fear.. I think this Officer is UNTRAINED and trigger happy and FLAUNTS his authority, and I hope and Pray this woman makes it, and he's fired.

o07wray - 1/21/2014 9:39 AM
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SHOT 4 TIMES!!! This COWARD deputy should be charged with assault. A 61yr old woman does not have to be shot 4 times to get her to drop a RIFLE!!! Excessive use of force!!

its me - 1/21/2014 1:50 AM
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to answer nativejax wat i understood!on the news!her husband died over a year ago,she called her neighbors.it sadden me when someone is being burglarize,i think is where mind went of guard like she didn't no how to re-act. but than wat i read is!Action News has learned Deputy Burger was fired from the Putnam County Sheriff's Office following an administrative investigation in Dec. 2011 into reckless operation of their patrol cars. The investigation showed Burger and another deputy were racing down State Road 20 when Burger crashed his patrol car. The Automatic Vehicle Locator inside the car indicated he was going 124 miles-per-hour in a 45 mph zone. Burger was rehired about a year ago, according to the sheriff's office. A spokesman told Action News Monday that Sheriff Hardy believes in second chances and, since then, Burger has been a model deputy. Copyright 2014 Cox Media Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadca

nativejax - 1/20/2014 11:29 AM
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Where was this woman's family? She should have called them first. Or a friend to come over and help her. She most likely would still be alive. She sure should not have to be so 'alone and isolated' that she had to defend herself and her property with a gun.
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