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Dec. 8, 2009 — Miami

On Dec. 12, 2009, Duane Armstong was shot by Miami-Dade police Detective Tracy Postell.

Barbara Mays alerted police about an active robbery taking place at her home. When officers arrived, they found Armstrong, 31, about to leave the house.

Postell said she identified herself as a police officer and raised her weapon raised. The detective ordered Armstrong to exit the house with his hands up. Read more

She kept her gun trained on him as he slowly walked out.

She ordered him to lie on the ground and he complied.

While on the ground, he lowered his hand to his pocket, and Postell fired.

Armstrong did not have a weapon.

This was the 123rd police shooting in Florida in 2009.

Four days earlier, one officer shot one person in Pensacola .

Five days later, two officers shot one person in Miami .

2 ways this case compares to others

  1. Armstrong did not immediately comply with police instruction, a factor in nearly a quarter of shootings.
  2. Police thought Armstrong, 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.

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