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Dec. 8, 2013 — Miami

At about 12:30 p.m., officers responded to a dispute outside a barbershop in Little Haiti between the owner and a security guard.

Gerson Mieses was talking to Officer David Carpenter, who placed himself between Mieses and the guard. According to police, Ruben Pupo, 57, responded by stepping around the officer and shooting the 37-year-old Mieses in the chest, killing him.

Carpenter ordered Pupo to put down his weapon. Pupo refused, and Carpenter fired, killing guard, police said. Read more

Mieses' family said the cause of the dispute was flyers Pupo had been handing out for a neighboring barbershop. The two also argued over a parking spot Mieses used.

This was the 128th police shooting in Florida in 2013.

The same day, one officer shot one person in Miami .

Two days later, 18 officers shot two people in Miami .

3 ways this case compares to others

  1. Pupo was shot after killing someone. Just five percent of shootings started with a homicide.
  2. Pupo did not immediately comply with police instruction, a factor in nearly a quarter of shootings.
  3. Pupo was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.

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