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Teen killed by special Coral Gables police unit after auto theft

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CORAL GABLES, Florida — A 17-year-old runaway is dead after he was shot by Coral Gables police during a stolen car sting. Jason Carulla was shot after ramming a stolen silver Toyota Sequoia SUV into an unmarked Miami-Dade police car Thursday

The Miami Herald (http://hrld.us/1pRRB0r ) reported the Coral Gables officers were part of a new, undercover Strategic Initiatives Team investigating stolen vehicles. The unit was working with Miami-Dade officers to solve a rash of vehicle thefts in and around the north end of Coral Gables. Officers received a tip that Carulla would be receiving a stolen vehicle at the Flea Market USA parking lot on the east side of Hialeah.

Miami-Dade police detective Alvaro Zabeleta said something caused Carulla to flee and hit the police car.

"Then, two Gables cops pulled up and fired," Zabaleta said.

Miami-Dade officers did not fire and no officers were injured. The Miami-Dade office is investigating the incident.

Carulla was living on the streets and had been in and out of state custody for years. He has been arrested by Miami-Dade police at least five times since he was 14 years old, including charges of grand theft and larceny, burglary and possession of a firearm and marijuana. Carulla was supposed to be under the care of the state's Department of Children & Families, but ran away last November, according to his father Janik Carulla.

"His goal was to stay away from problems until he was 18, because then his records would be gone," Janik Carulla said. "But obviously, he didn't make it."

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