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June 10, 2010 — Pembroke Pines

Around 5:30 a.m., Abel Martinez' wife called police because her husband was acting irrationally after having a seizure.

Martinez, 36, struggled with paramedics. Officer Kevin King got one handcuff on Martinez before he began to fight, hitting King in the head with the open cuff. When he lunged at King, the officer fired his weapon, hitting Martinez once in the abdomen.

Other officers were able to control Martinez after repeatedly shocking him with stun guns. King received stitches in his head. Read more

Martinez was charged with battery and resisting arrest, but was later acquitted. He then sued King and the city for battery, negligence and excessive force. A U.S. district judge dismissed the suit in April 2015.

This was the 46th police shooting in Florida in 2010.

Two days earlier, one officer shot one person in Boca Raton .

Six days later, two officers shot one person in Melbourne .

3 ways this case compares to others

  1. Martinez was shot after injuring an officer. That was true in 8 percent of shootings.
  2. Martinez was shot after resisting arrest. A total of 114 people were shot while resisting arrest.
  3. A civil lawsuit was filed in response to Martinez's shooting. Ninety other cases led to lawsuits.

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