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Sep. 7, 2012 — North Miami Beach

Police were tracking a silver BMW registered to Clifton Lamonthe, 31, based on video surveillance from several armed robberies in the Hollywood and Dania areas.

During surveillance, Lamonthe and passenger Michael Gonzalez, 31, robbed a convenience store and drove away at a high rate of speed.

Officers moved in for a felony stop. Read more

Lamonthe and Gonzalez were ordered out of the car. Both got out but Gonzalez appeared to reach back into the car.

Aventura Police Officer Sean Bergert shot Gonzalez in the left shoulder. Both suspects were arrested and a black firearm believed to have been used in multiple robberies was found lying on the front passenger-side floorboard. This firearm was later found to be a BB gun.

This was the 100th police shooting in Florida in 2012.

One day earlier, three officers shot one person in Hallandale Beach .

Three days later, one officer shot one person in Pinellas Park .

3 ways this case compares to others

  1. Gonzalez was armed with a bb/pellet gun. Only 36 other people were armed the same way.
  2. Gonzalez were suspected of being involved in an armed robbery. That's true in 1 of every 9 police .
  3. Gonzalez were fleeing from police or a crime scene, which is true in a quarter of shootings.

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