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June 19, 2010 — Southwest Ranches

A June 19, 2010, burglary of a Maytag washing machine in Southwest Ranches escalated into the shooting death of Jesus Borrel Vazquez, 48.

Sheriff's deputies responding to the burglary blocked the getaway van with patrol cars, but the driver reversed into one of the cars and two officers, Gerald Wengert and Geoffrey Brown, began shooting, firing a total of 43 shots.

Jesus Vasquez died from a gunshot to the forehead and his passenger, Louis Rivero, sustained a gunshot wound to the left arm and dog bites from Wengert's K-9, Bali. He was eventually charged with burglary, and felony murder. Read more

The officers were cleared by a grand jury. Both officers have been subject to investigations and lawsuits claiming excessive use of force.

This was the 48th police shooting in Florida in 2010.

Three days earlier, two officers shot one person in Melbourne .

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

4 ways this case compares to others

  1. Deputy Wengert 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. Officers approached Vazquez after he was suspected of committing a minor crime. That’s true in 1 of every 12 cases.
  3. Officers shot 43 bullets. The average was eight.
  4. Rivero and Vazquez were fleeing from police or a crime scene, which is true in a quarter of shootings.

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