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Feb. 18, 2012 — Hialeah

Police were called to an apartment complex in response to reports of a man with a gun behaving erratically.

Three officers confronted truck driver Luis Enrique Nunez, 48, in a hallway of the building. He was armed with a flare gun, police said. Nunez' girlfriend said that he had heard a fire alarm and was knocking on doors trying to warn residents and that Nunez himself called 911.

At some point, Nunez and the officers -- Lazaro Guerra, David Morales and Zenen Diaz -- all fired their weapons. Nunez died at the scene. One officer was injured in the hand. Read more

Nunez' sister, Elsa, who tried to intervene, said that her brother had a history of mental illness and paranoia but had been stable in recent years. She said that he used drugs and alcohol but that she could have diffused the situation.

The family filed a wrongful death suit and their attorney reached a settlement with the City of Hialeah for at least $140,000, according to an interim court document. The final amount of the settlement is not public.

This was the 17th police shooting in Florida in 2012.

Two days earlier, one officer shot one person in Middleburg .

One day later, one officer shot one person in Lake Nona .

5 ways this case compares to others

  1. Nunez was among the 7 percent of people who appeared to be on drugs before being shot.
  2. Nunez fired shots at police, which happened in 15 percent of shootings.
  3. Nunez was drinking alcohol before being shot. That’s true in about 10 percent of police shootings.
  4. A civil lawsuit was filed in response to Nunez's shooting. Ninety other cases led to lawsuits.
  5. Nunez showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.

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