Juan Lopez

White male

Age at time: 34

Weapon: unarmed


Neil Parello

White male

Age at time: 40

Weapon: gun


Case type:
aggravated battery with deadlyweapon


Initiator not known


Case year:

Location details: defendant's home in Miami, Miami-Dade County, on Sept. 03, 2010

What happened: Juan Lopez, a process server for Dade County courts, went to Neil Parello's home, where he was told by Parello's son Damien that his father wasn't home. Lopez asked the youth to get his mother, but Damian said she was sick and couldn't come to the door. Lopez then identified himself and asked that an adult come to the door. Parello did, pointing a revolver at Lopez and ordering him to "get the f-- off my property.'' He then slammed the door. Lopez, in fear of his life, dropped the subpoena and went to his car. As he reached the vehicle he heard four or five gunshots coming from Parello's home.

The outcome: Parello pleaded to guilty to a misdemeanor weapons charge and the aggravated assault with a firearm and resisting an officer with violence charges were nolle prossed in September of 2012.

Investigating agency: Miami Police

Case decision made by: Prosecutor

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Yes No Unclear/

Did the victim initiate the confrontation?


Was the victim armed?


Was the victim committing a crime that led to the confrontation?


Did the defendant pursue the victim?


Could the defendant have retreated to avoid the conflict?


Was the defendant on his or her property?


Did someone witness the attack?


Was there physical evidence?


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Case last updated: Aug. 10, 2013