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March 2, 2009 — Miami Gardens

Miami-Dade police and a deputy U.S. marshal were attempt to serve an arrest warrant on Anthony Levy, 30, an aspiring rapper and father, but wound up killing him.

One warrant was for attempted murder and another warrant was for an incident at his children's school where Levy brandished a firearm.

Police searched a house for Levy and believed that he was hiding in the attic. Read more

The Special Response Team was called in. They used tear gas but it did not force Levy out of the attic.

Shortly after 6 p.m., Officers Jose Garcia, Robert Melley and Marcos Milian climbed into the attic and found Levy. He reportedly refused to surrender and was shot while raising a metallic object toward an officer.

Levy suffered five gunshot wounds to the chest and head and was pronounced dead at the scene.

A knife was found in his left hand.

This was the 29th police shooting in Florida in 2009.

The same day, two officers shot one person in Clearwater .

One day later, two officers shot one person in Delray Beach .

2 ways this case compares to others

  1. A SWAT or tactical team was involved in the incident. Tactical teams are involved in 7 percent of police shootings.
  2. Levy was armed with a blade/stabbing implement. Only 80 other people were armed the same way.

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