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Aug. 9, 2011 — Miami

Officers, responding to a series of car theft complaints, were looking for a stolen green 1996 Honda Accord.

They saw the Honda pull into the parking lot, driven by Marcos Acosta Quirch, 23, with Ricardo Miguel Noa, 19, and Michael Membrides, 22, in the back seat acting as lookouts.

Police said they saw the men break into a car. Officers Ricardo Suarez and Eric Rios tried to stop them as they drove away. Officers Federico Lopez and Carlos Gomez were at the west end of the parking lot. They said the stolen car drove toward them. Read more

Lopez fired his shotgun and Gomez his handgun.

Approximately five shots were fired, injuring Noa and Membrides. Quirch, who was not injured, drove for roughly 10 blocks before stopping.

He was arrested on charges that included grand theft auto and aggravated assault with a vehicle. Noa and Membranes were charged as accomplices.

Other than burglary, the most serious charges were dropped and they received probation.

This was the 78th police shooting in Florida in 2011.

The same day, five officers shot one person in Fort Lauderdale .

Three days later, one officer shot one person in Orlando .

1 way this case compares to others

  1. Officers approached Membrides and Noa after they were suspected of committing a minor crime. That’s true in 1 of every 12 cases.

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