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July 18, 2013 — Pembroke Pines

Sheriff's detectives learned from an informant that Andrew Thomas planned to rob an Allstate insurance office.

They cleared out the office, secured surrounding businesses in the Palm Square shopping center and waited. Thomas, 23, showed up at 3 p.m., armed and wearing a mask. Deputies said that he disobeyed orders.

At some point, they felt threatened and Detectives Gerardo Lopez, Carlos Gomez and Jason Rotella opened fire, killing him. Read more

5 ways this case compares to others

  1. Det. Lopez was involved in two other shootings from 2009 to 2014. Only 10 officers were involved in more than two shootings in that time period.
  2. Det. Rotella was involved in one other shooting from 2009 to 2014. Eighty-five officers were involved in more than one shooting during that time period.
  3. Thomas did not immediately comply with police instruction, a factor in nearly a quarter of shootings.
  4. Thomas was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  5. Thomas was suspected of being involved in an armed robbery. That's true in 1 of every 9 police .

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