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Feb. 8, 2011 — Miami

Detectives from Miami-Dade's robbery unit were set up near NW Sixth Avenue and 75th Street in Liberty City.

They heard gunshots and saw an SUV speeding away. After a short pursuit, driver Julio Santiago, 33, abandoned the car and the chase continued on foot. Around 8 p.m., Miami Beach Detective Martin Garcia found Santiago hiding in some bushes and, according to police, a "confrontation" took place. Garcia shot and killed Santiago.

Garcia said that Santiago claimed that he had a gun and vowed not to return to prison. No weapon was found. The SUV was reported stolen in Palm Beach. Read more

Santiago's family filed a negligence lawsuit against the city and the Miami-Dade police. The suit was dismissed in June 2015.

This was the 17th police shooting in Florida in 2011.

Four days earlier, one officer shot one person in Apopka .

Two days later, one officer shot two people in Miami .

5 ways this case compares to others

  1. Santiago was one of 25 people who were shot after telling someone that he wouldn't go to jail or back to prison.
  2. Santiago was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  3. Santiago was fleeing from police or a crime scene, which is true in a quarter of shootings.
  4. Officer was chasing Santiago on foot before shooting him. Officers shot 105 people during foot pursuits.
  5. A civil lawsuit was filed in response to Santiago's shooting. Ninety other cases led to lawsuits.

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