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April 9, 2010 — West Palm Beach

Shortly before dawn, deputies found Richard Montero, 44, passed out behind the wheel of his Ford Explorer at a red light.

Deputies Ramesh Nandlal and Victor Blackman called his former girlfriend to come and pick him up. Montero, 44, willingly got into her car but when he found out that the Explorer would be towed, he became enraged, got out and yelled at the deputies. They decided to arrest him and a fight ensued with all three men on the ground.

Nandlal and Blackman continued to try to cuff the construction worker, who showed no signs of tiring despite being hit twice with a Taser. Deputy Nandlal said that Montero was trying to grab the deputies' handguns and, fearing that Montero would overwhelm them, he fired four shots, killing him. Read more

In April 2015, a federal jury awarded Montero's family $540,000, determining that Nandlal used "excessive or unreasonable deadly force" and that he misread the situation.

According to the Palm Beach Post, Deputy Blackman testified that he did not consider drawing his gun. Montero's former girlfriend said that by the time Nandlal fired, the fight was essentially over.

The judge eventually overturned the award, saying that government workers have qualified immunity if they make reasonable mistakes. Montero's estate has appealed.

Nandlal was cleared of any criminal charges.

This was the 27th police shooting in Florida in 2010.

The same day, one officer shot one person in Winter Park .

Two days later, one officer shot one person in Floral City .

3 ways this case compares to others

  1. Montero was shot after resisting arrest. A total of 114 people were shot while resisting arrest.
  2. Montero was drinking alcohol before being shot. That’s true in about 10 percent of police shootings.
  3. A civil lawsuit was filed in response to Montero's shooting. Ninety other cases led to lawsuits.

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