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Oct. 27, 2013 — Hialeah

Laura Guzman called police after her husband threatened to shoot her.

The couple had been drinking, and Arturo Guzman had fired a shot into the ground. Lt. Rick Fernandez and Sgt. Antonio Luis found Mr. Guzman, 51, barricaded inside a bedroom closet. Police said the officers fired when Fernandez saw Guzman raise an object toward them. He died at the hospital from multiple gunshot wounds. Police found a suicide note and a gun.

In 2015, the mayor of Hialeah fired Lt. Fernandez because he entered the home without waiting for the SWAT team. Fernandez, who was a union representative, said that it was a retaliatory move by the mayor, with whom he had often clashed. Read more

Laura Guzman filed a lawsuit against the City of Hialeah, the police department and the officers.

This was the 115th police shooting in Florida in 2013.

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

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

6 ways this case compares to others

  1. Sgt. Luis was involved in one other shooting from 2009 to 2014. Eighty-five officers were involved in more than one shooting during that time period.
  2. Guzman was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  3. Guzman was involved in a domestic disturbance, a factor in 115 cases.
  4. Guzman told someone that he wanted officers to kill him. That preceded 10 percent of police shootings.
  5. Guzman was drinking alcohol before being shot. That’s true in about 10 percent of police shootings.
  6. Guzman showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.

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