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Dec. 6, 2011 — Miami-Dade

U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency agents and Miami-Dade police officers tried to arrest Ricardo Aviles at a house in Homestead.

They said he had sold cocaine and guns to a confidential source.

When the officers arrived, Aviles rammed a police vehicle and fled. The high-speed chase ended on U.S. 1 when Aviles rolled his Chevy SUV. Police said that he and his brother, Gristoval, came out shooting. Agents and officers returned fire. Ricardo Aviles, 30, was shot in the groin as he ran into the woods. Gristoval Aviles, 31, was shot in the chest and killed as he got out of the car. Read more

In April 2012, Ricardo Aviles was sentenced to more than six years in federal prison for possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute, possession of a machine gun and dealing in firearms without a license.

This was the 124th police shooting in Florida in 2011.

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

Three days later, six officers shot one person in Milton .

5 ways this case compares to others

  1. Aviles and Aviles fired shots at police, which happened in 15 percent of shootings.
  2. Aviles and Aviles were shot during an undercover sting. That was true in less than four percent of cases.
  3. Aviles was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  4. Aviles was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  5. Aviles and Aviles were fleeing from police or a crime scene, which is true in a quarter of shootings.

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