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July 13, 2009 — Miami

Around 9:30 p.m., Officer Eric Guzman pulled over the borrowed truck that Kiana Lamb was driving in the Overtown neighborhood.

He and his companions were accused of skipping out on a bar bill. Lamb announced to the two other men that he couldn't be arrested and ran.

Officer Guzman caught up to Lamb and the two fought. As the fight continued on the ground, Guzman said that Lamb grabbed for his service pistol and Guzman stabbed him with a utility knife he carried in his pocket. Read more

At some point, Guzman dropped the knife but managed to pull his pistol and shot Lamb five times, killing him.

The other two men did not get out of the car and were arrested. Lamb had an active warrant for driving without a valid license according to police. Lamb's brother, Javon, disputed the police account.

Guzman was also involved in the shooting of Gibson Junior Belizaire in 2010.

This was the 78th police shooting in Florida in 2009.

Five days earlier, two officers shot one person in Pompano Beach .

Four days later, one officer shot one person in Hallandale Beach .

5 ways this case compares to others

  1. K-9 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.
  2. Officer approached Lamb after he was suspected of committing a minor crime. That’s true in 1 of every 12 cases.
  3. Lamb was one of 25 people who were shot after telling someone that he wouldn't go to jail or back to prison.
  4. Lamb was shot after resisting arrest. A total of 114 people were shot while resisting arrest.
  5. Officer was chasing Lamb on foot before shooting him. Officers shot 105 people during foot pursuits.

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