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Sep. 6, 2012 — Hallandale Beach

Police were pursuing a Lexus SUV driven by shoplifting suspect Eduardo Prieto, 32, when it pulled into the valet parking area of a restaurant.

Blocked by customers' cars, Prieto ignored commands to show his hands and get out of the car.

According to police, Prieto showed his left hand but reached for something with the right. Officer Raymond Buckley and Sergeants Timothy Church and Brian Hubbert opened fire, striking Prieto several times and killing him. Read more

Walmart officials had told police that when they confronted Prieto, he had shown them a folded pocket knife and said that he would not go to jail.

The police dispatcher later updated the report to say that Prieto also had a gun. A knife was found, but no gun.

Prieto's parents said that he had recently been behaving erratically and making comments that the end of the world was coming and he was a soldier of God.

This was the 99th police shooting in Florida in 2012.

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

One day later, one officer shot one person in North Miami Beach .

7 ways this case compares to others

  1. Prieto did not immediately comply with police instruction, a factor in nearly a quarter of shootings.
  2. A SWAT or tactical team was involved in the incident. Tactical teams are involved in 7 percent of police shootings.
  3. Officers approached Prieto after he was suspected of committing a minor crime. That’s true in 1 of every 12 cases.
  4. Prieto was one of 25 people who were shot after telling someone that he wouldn't go to jail or back to prison.
  5. Prieto was armed with a blade/stabbing implement. Only 80 other people were armed the same way.
  6. Prieto were fleeing from police or a crime scene, which is true in a quarter of shootings.
  7. Prieto showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.

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