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April 25, 2013 — Miami

Detectives were investigating a stolen cell phone, which led them to the home of Jeffrey Paul.

Paul, 32, answered the side door armed with a gun. At some point, there was a confrontation and police shot and wounded Paul, who is also known as DJ Big Boy.

Charges of improper display of a firearm and aggravated assault were dropped. Paul filed a federal lawsuit against the police department and Officer Jeffrey Gruendel. The suit claims that Gruendel and Officer Michael Phillips banged on Paul's door but did not identify themselves. It goes on to say that Officer Gruendel pulled open the door as Paul was opening it, then shot him as he was placing his handgun on the ground. Read more

5 ways this case compares to others

  1. Officer Gruendel 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. Paul answered the door with a gun before being shot. Only 13 people were shot in similar circumstances.
  3. Paul was one of 36 people shot in the back by police.
  4. Paul was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  5. A civil lawsuit was filed in response to Paul's shooting. Ninety other cases led to lawsuits.

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