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Miami police shoot caretaker of autistic man playing with toy truck in the street

A Florida police officer shot and wounded an autistic man's caretaker following reports of a man threatening to shoot himself. Video recorded ahead of the shooting shows the caretaker lying in the middle of the street with his hands up, asking the officers not to shoot him.

Cellphone video shows Charles Kinsey lying on his back with his hands in the air moments before shooting

Video provided to the Miami Herald taken moments before the shooting shows Charles Kinsey lying in the middle of the street with his hands up, asking the officers not to shoot him. (Screengrab)

Authorities say a Florida police officer shot and wounded the caretaker of a man with autism, following reports of a man threatening to shoot himself.

The Miami Herald cites North Miami Assistant Police Chief Neal Cuevas as saying officers responded to the scene Monday, where they began giving orders to 47-year-old Charles Kinsey and his 23-year-old patient to lie on the ground.  
Cellphone video shows Charles Kinsey lying on his back with his hands in the air moments before being shot by police 0:36

Kinsey lies down and tries to get his patient to comply. Cuevas says an officer then fired three times, striking Kinsey in the leg. No weapon was found.

Kinsey's attorney, Hilton Napoleon, provided a video to the Herald on Wednesday taken moments before the shooting. It was not immediately clear who shot the provided video, which appears to include two separate clips.

It shows Kinsey lying in the middle of the street with his hands up, asking the officers not to shoot him, while the autistic man sits next to him, holding what appears to be a toy truck, yelling at him to "shut up."

Kinsey is black. Police haven't released the name or race of the officer who shot him.