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July 31, 2012 — Miami

Drug officers were following up on a tip about a marijuana grow house operating in a quiet west Miami-Dade neighborhood.

Just before 7 p.m., Gerardo Delgado, 56, was guarding the operation from the front seat of his tinted BMW, parked in the driveway. The home's surveillance video showed Detective John Saavedra walking toward the home and asking Luis Lazaro Estevanell if they could look around. Estevanell yelled "police" and walked toward the sidewalk.

Delgado jumped out of the BMW and pointed his gun at an FBI agent. A firefight began. Detective Saavedra fired at Delgado, who, in turn, hit Saavedra three times. Saavedra continued firing as he fell to the ground, where, he said, Estevanell began attacking him. Other officers returned fire. Delgado, wounded and firing from behind a tree, was fatally hit in the head by a shot from Detective Jorge Milan. Read more

Estevanell, 56, was arrested. The scene was captured on the home's video surveillance camera. Estevanell was sentenced to 10 years in prison in 2015.

This was the 85th police shooting in Florida in 2012.

Six days earlier, one officer shot one person in Clearwater .

Four days later, one officer shot one person in Cocoa .

5 ways this case compares to others

  1. Delgado was shot after injuring an officer. That was true in 8 percent of shootings.
  2. Delgado fired shots at police, which happened in 15 percent of shootings.
  3. Delgado was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  4. Delgado was shot after resisting arrest. A total of 114 people were shot while resisting arrest.
  5. Delgado pointed a weapon at officers. Twenty-eight percent of shootings involved people who police say pointed a weapon at them.

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