Miami-Dade Police Shoot and Kill Bipolar Man After Taser Malfunction

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Miami-Dade Police say they had no choice but to shoot and kill a 20-year-old bipolar man after a Taser malfunction.

The incident happened at the Kendallwood Villas complex near FIU's south campus. Federico Osorio's mother had called police claiming that her son had threatened to kill her and his sister.


A neighbor tells The Miami Herald that police were a frequent presence at the home, as Osorio would often have outbursts and lock himself in his room. Tuesday's incident however ended fatally.

When police arrived at about 11:30 a.m. yesterday morning Osorio became aggressive. Two officers attempted to use Tasers to subdue Osorio. However, one of the Tasers apparently malfunctioned and failed to stop Osorio. Police say the man then came at them with knives in his hands and they had no choice but to shoot to kill. He was declared dead on the scene.

Daniela Osorio, the victim's sister, then came out of the apartment later in the evening and told The Herald that her brother had suffered from bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. She claimed police were aware of his condition and went a "bit too far."

No officers were injured in the incident.



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38 comments
Estela Triglia
Estela Triglia

I just love when they say.. Why couldn't they just shoot his leg.. They have no idea how strong a person in that state if mind can be.. Just as in someone on drugs.. They will keep coming at you.

Gail Bennett
Gail Bennett

I know NOTHING about this case...but it's like you are damned if you do and dead as hell if you don't. PICK ONE.

Darla Powell
Darla Powell

I would like to see any of you ninjas fight off a guy with knives with anything less than a gun. I'm sure you could teach the police a lot.

Winston Tinubu
Winston Tinubu

This is sad. The man was obviously sick and needed medical attention long before this incident. Unfortunately there are many more incidents like this just waiting to happen because a lot of people do not have access to adequate mental healthcare. Be it kids being abused in care or adults being inadequately cared for at home, it's sad when the police are left to deal with situations they are not sufficiently trained to handle.

Chuck Polania
Chuck Polania

They said, the taser might kill him but lets be sure instead....

Clara Sadurni Himel
Clara Sadurni Himel

They have them (bean bag rounds), but those aren't issued to officers. They are predominately used during high risk warrants (one person will have the bean bag shotgun), and during riots.

Lourdes Avila Lawrence
Lourdes Avila Lawrence

^^^^^let's see u use more options when presented with someone coming at u with a deadly weapon trying to kill u!

Rudy Abraham
Rudy Abraham

Are MDPD equipped with non-lethal bean bag rounds? I'm not arguing whether it's justified or not justified but maybe they need more options.

Clara Sadurni Himel
Clara Sadurni Himel

He came at them with knives...what the hell were they supposed to do. They are more than authorized to shoot someone, anyone coming at them with a knife. It's not excessive use of force, it's a justifiable shooting. Sorry, it is what it is. As terrible as it sounds. Those officers have to go home to their families, too. Now you are all playing Monday-morning quarterback.

Alain D. Mozas
Alain D. Mozas

The officers had been there many times before and were probably irritated and even more on edge than usual. The threat/domestic disturbance must have been serious enough for the family members to decide to call the police. The police officers defended the family and most importantly themselves and this shouldn't be a surprise to anyone. I am not a cop apologist by any means but I can understand why they reacted in the way they did. This article should not place the spotlight on police officers but instead on the mental health facilities that got paid to take care of him for a few days and then send him back home. Florida's mental health care system is indeed an antiquated farce and the care facilities in Miami-Dade are obviously set up for profit and not care. The article on CATS run by Citrus Health in Pembroke Pines by this very paper is a good read. What about the social worker assigned to the deceased's case? Could this death have been avoided with proper mental health care and assistance? We will never know, but we can stop something like this happening again in the future.

Sergio Garcia
Sergio Garcia

you guys contradict your articles… not too long ago you wrote and bitched how cops shouldn't be using their taser because its dangerous and can kill people… now the taser doesn't work they shoot and kill someone and you're still bitching… maybe cops should carry silly string cans so when they have to deal with someone who just stabbed you, they can spray silly string all over them..

Raul A Maestri Jr.
Raul A Maestri Jr.

....in defense of the police officers. Believe me when I tell you, they see the use of deadly force as a last resort and would prefer to subdue the subjects with non-lethal methods first. It is a very traumatic experience for the officers involved. None of us were there, and according to the reports, other non-lethal methods were used before the subject was shot. This should be a learning experience for the police and hopefully, they will use it as such.

Tony Prieto
Tony Prieto

Miami New Times, police were not "forced to shoot and kill a bipolar man", they chose to.

Jason Alexander
Jason Alexander

Shot the knife from the hand? You people watch too much tv

Vanessa Phelps
Vanessa Phelps

Yea they could've shot his hand with the knife no need for a fatal shot. A few pd couldnt handle that without killing him? Must been a crazy ninja with killer knife skills :/

Andrew J. Herrero
Andrew J. Herrero

"Well, we can't stop him, might as well shot him, amirite?" -MDPD

Kristie Anna
Kristie Anna

This is sad. Trigger happy MDPD strikes again.

John Lubbe
John Lubbe

Another case of excessive use of force, disgusting.

Sean Huertas
Sean Huertas

Stephanie Walters dont say that my friend has it and i see it as his alter ego. Consider it an alter ego.

Sean Huertas
Sean Huertas

Couldnt you guys just pepper sprayed the guy?

Ron E. Chits
Ron E. Chits

Ehh oh well....like I always say most pohlease is cowards with a gun and a badge

Brian Bartlett
Brian Bartlett

What mental health system....here are the pills, good luck.

Jennifer Bain
Jennifer Bain

Florida has an exteremely antiquated mental health system. Obama care will be no fix, the tax payer aren't going to want to pick up the tab and the police are not trained to adequately deal with the mental ill. These headlines will become more frequent.

Sayad Khan
Sayad Khan

@Alex and what about the officers lives? If the man was indeed armed with a knife, then they were justified in neutralizing the threat. I would usually argue against the cops, but this situation was a no-win. Knives are very deadly, and should be approached as such.

Raul A Maestri Jr.
Raul A Maestri Jr.

.....I do believe there needs to be greater awareness and education on mental illness in this country. The Police should also develop better methods of dealing with these situations. I wasn't there so I cannot lay blame on anyone.

Gustavo Anaya
Gustavo Anaya

They could have shot him in the legs. They didn't have to kill him.

Alex LaPorta
Alex LaPorta

I don't believe he had a knife in his hand. I believe that's the justification they used to execute a guy rather than risk physical altercation. Police are taught how to justify their violence in order to protect their jobs, not protect peoples' lives.

HarryTheHandyman
HarryTheHandyman topcommenter

If he did charge at them with a knife, they were kind of forced to.

HarryTheHandyman
HarryTheHandyman topcommenter

LOL!  What the shit is this?  This isn't a movie or a TV show.  Its real life.  You don't shoot weapons out of people's hands.

HarryTheHandyman
HarryTheHandyman topcommenter

Too funny.  The Herald got the info wrong and Kyle failed to fact check his source.  Not surprising.

HarryTheHandyman
HarryTheHandyman topcommenter

If I had a dollar for every time a mouth breather uttered these words, I'd be able to retire.


You do realize that you can die if shot in the right spot in the legs, right?

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