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April 18, 2011 — Miami Gardens

Officers responded to a domestic violence call at a home in southwest Miami-Dade County.

Police said that Durrall Miller, 24, got out of a vehicle outside the residence and refused orders to drop a weapon. Instead, he fired at the officers, grazing one in the foot and putting a bullet through the other's hat. Miller then took off.

Days later, police found him at his family's home in Miami Gardens. They said that he refused to come out and threatened to shoot if they approached. While he was standing in the doorway, he reached down and SWAT team members Alain Cruz and Fernando Villa fired, killing him. No weapon was found near him. Read more

Prosecutors justified the killing saying that he appeared to be reaching for a weapon, according to the Miami Herald. Some of Miller's family told the media that he was hiding in the attic and was not in the doorway.

This was the 37th police shooting in Florida in 2011.

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

Two days later, three officers shot one person in Orlando .

7 ways this case compares to others

  1. Officer Cruz was involved in two other shootings from 2009 to 2014. Only 10 officers were involved in more than two shootings in that time period.
  2. Officer Villa was involved in one other shooting from 2009 to 2014. Eighty-five officers were involved in more than one shooting during that time period.
  3. Miller was shot after injuring an officer. That was true in 8 percent of shootings.
  4. A SWAT or tactical team was involved in the incident. Tactical teams are involved in 7 percent of police shootings.
  5. Police thought Miller, who was unarmed, was reaching for a weapon before shooting him. Thirty-eight unarmed people were shot when police said they saw them reach for something.
  6. Miller was involved in a domestic disturbance, a factor in 115 cases.
  7. Miller was fleeing from police or a crime scene, which is true in a quarter of shootings.

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