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May 8, 2013 — Miami

Officers on patrol in Liberty City ran the license plate on a Nissan and discovered that the car was stolen.

At about 2 a.m., they tried to pull over Danny Valdes, 30, but he refused to stop. The vehicle was moving slowly, according to police, and the engine eventually stopped running. When the car rolled to a stop, two officers approached.

They said Valdes ignored commands to get out and reached for something on the floor. Officer Timothy Marchetti and Sgt. Erica Tirse fired, killing Valdes. A screwdriver was found on the floor of the car, possibly used in the theft. Read more

3 ways this case compares to others

  1. Officer Marchetti 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. Valdes did not immediately comply with police instruction, a factor in nearly a quarter of shootings.
  3. Police thought Valdes, 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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