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Aug. 19, 2009 — Hialeah

Around 4:30 a.m., Hialeah police officer Alexis Barrios responded to a 911 burglary call.

When he spotted a green Chevy Tahoe in front of a mobile phone store, Barrios fired two shots through the front window, striking 26-year-old Anthony Arias in the chest and in the palm of his hand. Arias, who had broken into the store and stolen several items, died at the hospital.

His mother sued Barrios and the city of Hialeah, but her lawyers struggled for two years to get the Hialeah Police Department's investigative reports. Read more

When given access to the vehicle to examine blood stains, lawyers discovered it had been cleaned, court records show. They asked the judge to dismiss the suit when the reports indicated that Barrios was the only witness to the shooting. Barrios was cleared by the state attorney's office.

This was the 89th police shooting in Florida in 2009.

14 days earlier, one officer shot one person in Pensacola .

One day later, one officer shot one person in Pensacola .

1 way this case compares to others

  1. Arias was among the 7 percent of people who appeared to be on drugs before being shot.

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