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Oct. 5, 2011 — Hialeah

Hialeah police got a tip from a confidential source that a 2002 Cadillac Escalade was en route to commit an armed robbery.

Officers watched the vehicle, then executed a "high risk stop." Police say the vehicle smashed into cars, then reversed in the direction of a detective. Multiple officers opened fire, striking the driver, Dwight Patterson, 23, and passenger, Elvis Abreu, 25. Both survived.

Police found two guns in the car. Read more

Patterson was eventually sentenced to two years in prison for aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer.

This was the 101st police shooting in Florida in 2011.

The same day, one officer shot one person in Pembroke Pines .

Two days later, one officer shot one person in Miami Gardens .

3 ways this case compares to others

  1. Officer Miguel was involved in one other shooting from 2009 to 2014. Eighty-five officers were involved in more than one shooting during that time period.
  2. Abreu was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  3. Patterson and 94 other people who police shot reportedly drove at an officer.

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