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Aug. 27, 2009 — Miami Gardens

Police responded to a home around 10 p.m. after reports of shots fired.

Adrein Herrera, 30, barricaded himself in the home and took several shots at police. A SWAT team entered around 4 p.m. and Herrera fired at them, police said. Officers German Alech, Alain Cruz and Roberto de la Nuez returned fire, killing him.

Officers found Herrera's 70-year-old mother, Dinacela Herrera, dead from a gunshot wound. Police did not have a motive for her shooting. In 2007, his mother had petitioned the courts to evaluate her son's mental condition under Florida's Baker Act. Read more

7 ways this case compares to others

  1. Officer Alech 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 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.
  3. Herrera was shot after killing someone. Just five percent of shootings started with a homicide.
  4. A SWAT or tactical team was involved in the incident. Tactical teams are involved in 7 percent of police shootings.
  5. Herrera was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  6. Herrera was involved in a domestic disturbance, a factor in 115 cases.
  7. Herrera showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.

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