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Aug. 20, 2010 — Miami

Miami police Officer Ricardo Martinez and a federal agent were patrolling a Liberty City neighborhood in an unmarked white pickup.

It was part of a special operation to break up gangs and remove guns from the streets.

Police said that when they caught up to two armed men on bicycles, Tarnorris Tyrell Gaye, 19, leveled a shotgun at the car. Officer Martinez and the federal agent fired, hitting Gaye five times and killing him. Read more

Stephen Battle, 18, rode away. He was arrested and charged with trespass and two counts of aggravated assault with a firearm on a law enforcement officer.

Martinez had recently returned to work after fatally shooting Joel Lee Johnson nine days earlier.

This was the 68th police shooting in Florida in 2010.

One day earlier, six officers shot one person in Sarasota .

17 days later, one officer shot two people in Hialeah Gardens .

3 ways this case compares to others

  1. Officer Martinez 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. Gaye was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  3. Gaye pointed a weapon at officers. Twenty-eight percent of shootings involved people who police say pointed a weapon at them.

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