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June 19, 2014 — Hialeah

A task force of officers from Miami-Dade and Coral Gables was investigating auto thefts when it received a tip about a runaway.

They were told that Jason Carulla, 17, would be picking up a stolen truck in the parking lot of FleaMarket USA in northwest Miami-Dade County.

Police spotted him in a stolen Toyota Sequoia SUV. They said Carulla panicked and accelerated, striking an unmarked Miami-Dade car and endangering the officer getting out. Read more

Coral Gables Officer Kristopher Clute and Detective Nelson Quintana fired, fatally wounding Carulla.

His sister said that there were three bullet holes in his back and two in his head. Carulla's juvenile record included burglary and theft, according to the Miami Herald.

He was supposed to be under the protective care of the Department of Children and Families.

This was the 73rd police shooting in Florida in 2014.

The same day, one officer shot one person in Boynton Beach .

12 days later, two officers shot one person in Jacksonville .

4 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. Carulla was one of 36 people shot in the back by police.
  3. Carulla was shot during an undercover sting. That was true in less than four percent of cases.
  4. Carulla was fleeing from police or a crime scene, which is true in a quarter of shootings.

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