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July 6, 2009 — Miami

Around 7 p.m., Catherine Chabot called 911 saying that Celso Marrero had threatened her with a knife.

She said that Marrero, with whom she had been staying, forced her to have sex the previous day and now refused to return her belongings.

Police said that Officers George Diaz and Omar Ayala found the 51-year-old man in his room, armed with two knives. Marrero lunged at them and Officer Diaz fired one shot, hitting Marrero in the face and killing him. Afterward, witnesses said that Marrero was aggressive during the confrontation with Chabot. Marrero had told a friend that he would never go back to prison. Read more

5 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. Marrero Rebuelta approached police in a threatening manner before being shot. That's true in almost 10% of police shootings.
  3. Marrero Rebuelta was one of 25 people who were shot after telling someone that he wouldn't go to jail or back to prison.
  4. Marrero Rebuelta was armed with a blade/stabbing implement. Only 80 other people were armed the same way.
  5. Marrero Rebuelta were involved in a domestic disturbance, a factor in 115 cases.

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