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July 17, 2009 — Hallandale Beach

Off-duty Hallandale Beach police Officer Matthew Casey was working security at the Mardi Gras Casino when he learned of a robbery taking place in the parking lot.

Joel Jules, 19, and two companions were robbing an elderly couple while holding a gun on a security guard. Casey confronted the trio and fired at Jules when he turned the gun toward Casey.

Jules was injured and two suspects ran away but were captured. Read more

3 ways this case compares to others

  1. Jules was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  2. Jules was suspected of being involved in an armed robbery. That's true in 1 of every 9 police .
  3. Jules pointed a weapon at officers. Twenty-eight percent of shootings involved people who police say pointed a weapon at them.

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