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Nov. 27, 2012 — Miami

Two officers went to the West Miami-Dade home of Alexis Suarez-Reyes, 47, to arrest him on a battery charge.

Suarez-Reyes, a subcontracted security guard at Miami International Airport, was accused of punching his boss. Officers John Thomas Jr. and Concepcion Somoano approached Suarez-Reyes as he sat in his truck in front of his apartment around 3:40 p.m.

Police said that he refused to show his hands and instead raised his handgun in the direction of Thomas, who fired five shots. Suarez-Reyes died at the hospital. Read more

His family claimed that the undercover officers did not identify themselves. His wife did not believe that he pulled a gun.

This was the 117th police shooting in Florida in 2012.

The same day, one officer shot one person in Palm Bay .

Seven days later, two officers shot one person in Youngstown .

2 ways this case compares to others

  1. Suarez-Reyes was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  2. Suarez-Reyes pointed a weapon at officers. Twenty-eight percent of shootings involved people who police say pointed a weapon at them.

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