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April 5, 2011 — Miami

Miami-Dade police Officer Kelvin Cox spotted a gray 2005 Pontiac Grand Prix with a stolen license plate driving erratically.

He called for backup and followed the car for several blocks. He activated his emergency lights and siren, but the car did not stop.

The Pontiac ran a stop sign near NW 10th street, then the driver slowed down. Read more

Then 24-year-old Jamal Singletary, opened the driver's side door as the car was still moving and fired two rounds from an AK-47 semiautomatic rifle at the officer.

Cox ducked down behind his dashboard, then exited his vehicle with his weapon.

Officer Lazaro Rial drove past both vehicles while Singletary and Cox exchanged gunfire.

Cox struck Singletary at least three times and fatally wounded him.

Cox used his moving police vehicle as a shield and was not injured. Witness es said they heard six gunshots to as many as 18.

Jamal Singletary died at Jackson Memorial Hospital Ryder Trauma Center later that night.

This was the 33rd police shooting in Florida in 2011.

Two days earlier, two officers shot one person in Ocala .

Eight days later, one officer shot one person in Brandon .

5 ways this case compares to others

  1. Officer Cox 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. Singletary fired shots at police, which happened in 15 percent of shootings.
  3. Singletary was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  4. Singletary pointed a weapon at officers. Twenty-eight percent of shootings involved people who police say pointed a weapon at them.
  5. This shooting came after an officer pulled over Singletary for a traffic violation. Seventy-seven cases began with a traffic stop.

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