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Dec. 16, 2010 — Miami

A witness told police that a man was walking down the street with an AK-47 assault rifle.

Members of the Tactical Robbery Unit were in the area. When they arrived at about 6 p.m., they saw Brandon Foster, who was in the street near Allapattah Middle School in Liberty City with a shotgun shoved down his pants.

According to witnesses, Foster ran or hobbled away. The officers ordered him to stop and get on the ground. Foster stopped and reached for the weapon. Read more

One witness said that Foster was pulling up his pants. Others clearly saw the shotgun.

Family members think Foster, 22, was probably trying to pull the gun out of his pant leg so he could bend to get on the ground.

Officers Pierre Cardonne, Daniel De Los Santos and Gilberto Morales said that Foster turned and leveled the shotgun at them. They fired 24 rounds, hitting Foster 11 times in the head, chest, abdomen and pelvis.

He was pronounced dead at the hospital.

This was the 105th police shooting in Florida in 2010.

The same day, two officers shot two people in Stuart .

Two days later, two officers shot one person in Orlando .

5 ways this case compares to others

  1. Officers shot 24 bullets. The average was eight.
  2. Foster was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  3. Foster was fleeing from police or a crime scene, which is true in a quarter of shootings.
  4. Officers was chasing Foster on foot before shooting him. Officers shot 105 people during foot pursuits.
  5. Foster pointed a weapon at officers. Twenty-eight percent of shootings involved people who police say pointed a weapon at them.

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