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Aug. 14, 2010 — Miami

Shortly after noon, police were summoned to a domestic disturbance in Little Haiti.

Gibson Junior Belizaire, 21, had argued with the mother of his son. She called police, saying that she was afraid of Belizaire and that he might be armed.

When officer arrived, Belizaire had left with his sister. A few blocks away, Officer Andre Mathis and K-9 Officer Jason Clifford both spotted his sister's gold Jaguar, forced it to stop and ordered him out of the car. Read more

Belizaire fired at the officers and ran away, police and witnesses said. He was found hiding behind an auto body shop. Belizaire again fired at police.

SWAT Officers Eric Guzman, Pierre Cazassus and George Diaz fired back, hitting him nine times, according to the autopsy. He was struck in the head, arms, legs and foot. Toxicology tests showed traces of methamphetamines.

Belizaire's mother sued the city in federal and state court. Both cases were dismissed.

This was the 65th police shooting in Florida in 2010.

Three days earlier, one officer shot one person in Miami .

One day later, one officer shot one person in Davie .

9 ways this case compares to others

  1. Officer Diaz 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 Guzman was involved in one other shooting from 2009 to 2014. Eighty-five officers were involved in more than one shooting during that time period.
  3. Belizaire was among the 7 percent of people who appeared to be on drugs before being shot.
  4. Belizaire fired shots at police, which happened in 15 percent of shootings.
  5. A SWAT or tactical team was involved in the incident. Tactical teams are involved in 7 percent of police shootings.
  6. Officers shot 39 bullets. The average was eight.
  7. Belizaire was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  8. Officers was chasing Belizaire on foot before shooting him. Officers shot 105 people during foot pursuits.
  9. A civil lawsuit was filed in response to Belizaire's shooting. Ninety other cases led to lawsuits.

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