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July 5, 2010 — Miami

Around 11:30 a.m., two officers were patrolling the Overtown neighborhood.

Rookie police Officer Joseph Marin and Officer Viona Browne-Williams, acting as a field-training officer, ran the license plate of DeCarlos Moore's white Honda Accord. It came back as stolen and Marin pulled him over.

Police said that Moore, 36, got out of the Honda and approached the officers. He then turned and went back to his car. He reached in through the driver's window, pulled out and turned toward the officer. Read more

Marin said he saw a metallic object in Moore's hand and fired one fatal round, hitting him in the forehead. The only metallic objects found at the scene were sunglasses with metal trim and a tinfoil-wrapped package of crack cocaine. The car was not stolen.

Toxicology results indicated Moore had meth, amphetamines and cocaine in his system.

This was the 50th police shooting in Florida in 2010.

10 days earlier, two officers shot one person in Lakeland .

Three days later, one officer shot one person in Arcadia .

3 ways this case compares to others

  1. Moore was among the 7 percent of people who appeared to be on drugs before being shot.
  2. Police thought Moore, 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.
  3. This shooting came after an officer pulled over Moore for a traffic violation. Seventy-seven cases began with a traffic stop.

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