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Sep. 6, 2010 — Hialeah Gardens

Shortly after 2 a.m., off-duty narcotics Officer Jason Benitez, accompanied by his girlfriend, was withdrawing cash from an ATM.

Three men drove up in a pickup, words were exchanged and a fight broke out. Leonardo Galan, 23, Reinaldo Jose Ruiz, 21, and Reynaldo Fiallo, 22, attacked Benitez and dragged him into the parking lot, according to police. Benitez was kicked and punched until he drew his weapon and fired, hitting Galan and Ruiz. Ruiz was grazed in the arm. Galan's wound required surgery.

Strong-armed robbery charges were dropped and the battery charges reduced. Read more

1 way this case compares to others

  1. Galan and Ruiz were shot after injuring an officer. That was true in 8 percent of shootings.

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