Miami Beach Police Officer Shoots and Kills Suspect on South Beach UPDATE

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A Miami Beach cop shot and killed a man early this morning while trying to break up a fight near 12th Street and Washington Avenue in South Beach. The officer fired two shots into the suspect's stomach, says Deborah Doty, a MBPD spokeswoman, and the man died a short time later.

"When the officer arrived, he saw the subject with a gun out," Doty says. "He told him: 'Put down the weapon, put down the weapon,' but the man refused. Then the officer shot him."

The officer, whom Doty declined to name pending an investigation, responded to a 911 call at 4:39 a.m. that two groups were brawling on Washington Avenue.

The cop found the fight ongoing at 1240 Washington Ave., in the heart of SoBe's club scene. When he spotted the man with the gun -- and the suspect refused to drop his weapon -- the officer fired, Doty says.

"The subject was transported to Ryder Trauma Center, where he died," Doty says.

Doty also declined to identify the victim until family members have been notified.

This morning's shooting is only a couple blocks south of the scene of MBPD's last fatal shooting -- the infamous Memorial Day Weekend shooting earlier this year that was caught on camera and went viral on the web.

More than 100 shots were fired in that incident, which killed 22-year-old Raymond Herisse, whom police say tried to ram them with his car before the shooting.

Update: The Miami Herald's Beach correspondent, David Smiley, reports via Twitter that witnesses tell him the fight broke out between two groups of men at a nearby pizza shop during an argument over women. 

Here's his tweet: 


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Mike Kacian
Mike Kacian

Skanky overpaid good for nothing deadbeat hero pigs of South Beach!  The only dangerous thing in South Beach for many many years are the cops!  Treating everything as a violent video game with no consideration for humans around them.  These freaks are trained to kill and then their corrupt union has legal walls to protect them from everything, while the oblivious taxpayers of Miami Beach are paying off lawsuit after lawsuit.  All the pig lovers on here need to give the taxpayers a room to breath...  go away! shooo shooo!

David Hart
David Hart

If a cop tells you to put down a firearm, not doing so is, indeed, a threat. I live in South Beach and I am amazed by how many residents (let alone tourists) do not speak a word of English. I wonder how that might have factored in.

Beth Robbins
Beth Robbins

The family and loved ones of this police officer deserve to have him/her return home from work in one piece!  You want to be a big man and carry and brandish a gun in the presence of a police officer and ignore his orders to drop the gun, you pay the price with your life!!  BTW kudos to his firearms training.  He hit the mark and protected the public!!!

Maurice Clemmons
Maurice Clemmons

So far,  just in the month of December, 2011 there have been at least 7 murders and 2 rapes commited by some of these people. If fact one of the rapes occured in orange county florida 11 days ago on the 20th. An orange county sheriffs deputy raped a handicapped woman.

Mamasaid
Mamasaid

bottom line is at 430am you should be home sleeping

Cane
Cane

Some of you may not like to read the Herald.  But the Herald updated again saying that both men were pointing the gun at each other.  Leading the audience to believe that one man lowered his gun and the other one did not.  You have to obey the command of the police.  Rather be judged by 12 than carried by 6.

UuckedFp
UuckedFp

As a resident that lives 2 blocks from the crimescene, I can tell you a little bit about how the MBPD are trained. If the cop was a vet it was most likley justified. There are a score of rookies fresh out of the military that treat the citizens like enemy combatants. To them the ROE is almost the same as in IRAQ. If you have a weapon these rookies will shoot first and ask questions later. In the MD shooting a rookie fired first and in the confusion all the cops opened up assuming they were being shot at but the suspect. No one can tell me any different becuase I was there. Its sad that the good cops have to inmediately put the spin on these rookies mistakes. Just another day in paradise

Aj Reddy
Aj Reddy

Usually I am not the one who sides with MBPD trigger happy cops. But if this is true and the guy is holding a gun and refused to put it down, then the action is justified. But who knows if the cop even gave the guy a chance to put the gun down? It is also possible that this guy may be the victim and not the aggressor in the preceding fight. We might have to wait and see. But carrying a weapon anywhere in public is bad and he should not have done that let alone whip it out.

Workinu
Workinu

What did the guy think this was, Memorial Day Weekend? And yes, Juan when a cop orders you to put a gun down and you don't, you get shot by that cop. Fucking moron.

Juan R. Pollo
Juan R. Pollo

Unbelievable. Possession of a firearm = instant death sentence.

meteora1984
meteora1984

@Mike Kacian Skanky?  What are you, a 13 year old girl?  These people risk their lives to protect people, even shmucks like you.  Show some respect.

matt gordon
matt gordon

Good point. Instead of limiting people to *one official language*, a country would be helping people by encouraging learning a 2nd language in early school years. Plus, too many cops nowadays escalate a tense situation or are immediately aggressive toward someone who may well be mentally deficient - guess I miss growing up being taught to respect the cops because they were like the Cavalry, once on scene, they would analyze the situation and respond with the force necessary. Sometimes talking calmly rather than barking orders will get a mentally ill person to comply without bloodshed; sometimes there needs to be a shooting to prevent others from being injured or killed. Point is: they must not be teaching newer generation cops how to assess the situation, use their Sixth Sense they gain with experience, instead of 'what is the problem here? move faster or you get the Taser!' approach.

RB20PIT
RB20PIT

Hit the mark? He shot the man twice in the stomach. NO POLICE FORCE ANYWHERE IS TRAINED TO DO THAT.

Lukeisstupid
Lukeisstupid

I agree that the rookies fresh from the Military are not good mixes for police work. They have very little patience and common sense and they treat everybody second rate because "they just dont understand......hoorah". Not all former military is like this but a majority of them are and departments jump on the these applicant like a bitch in heat. 

Truth God
Truth God

Was the man pointing the gun at anyone or was he just holding it? Hard to justify the shooting if the man wasn't an imminent threat, even if he was only holding the gun and not pointing it at anyone. Police are supposed to be trained to quickly respond to threats, so perhaps if the cop had his gun trained on the suspect as he began to point the gun at someone, the shooting could have been justified. Otherwise, just another brainwashed, psychopathic cop on the beat.

Lukeisstupid
Lukeisstupid

No....Possessing a firearm on a crowded street, after or during a fight, and refusing to comply with police orders=Death Sentence. C'mon Juan Chicken.

meteora1984
meteora1984

@matt gordon If someone was pointing a gun at you, I sincerely doubt you would take the time to ask "Can we talk about this?" in eight different languages. 

meteora1984
meteora1984

@RB20PIT Yes they are.  It's called center mass.  Ask an officer.

ak1287
ak1287

You can't be this stupid in real life, right?

seep
seep

With a .380, I am able to raise my gun and shoot someone before they even realize I'm moving.  This has been confirmed in laboratories.  It's as unstoppable as a good boxer's uppercut. If the weapon is light enough, it must be considered a deadly threat whenever it is being held.

Lukeisstupid
Lukeisstupid

Are you an idiot???? So if somebody has a gun they are not a threat? Is it only when they are pointing a gun at somebody they become a threat? Police are trained to protect lives. Somebody running around with a gun in a crowded area after a fight is a threat that must be met with equal or greater force. Great job by MBPD. Shut up Truth god.

Ed Ochoa
Ed Ochoa

So please inform us, what is a police officer to do if a man is holding a gun out in public and refuses to put the gun down?????

Truth God
Truth God

If the cop is a smart one, he or she would already be pointing their gun at the suspect. Shooting a person for holding a gun is the same is shooting them for having it holstered. Cops aren't trained to protect lives, they're trained to protect the elites' conception of societal order. Think about it asswipe.

ThisStuffSucks
ThisStuffSucks

I'm not necessarily disagreeing with anyone, but I can't help but think of the video that was mentioned in the article and that this incident involves a member of that same police force. If that kid sitting in his car while 5+ cops blast him to smithereens was him attempting to "ram the officers", what does this same force mean when the shooting victim was "holding his gun out in public"?The only threat to human life was the police officer and his actions justify that. On the flip side, we should have a little faith that his training and experience led him to know better than we would.

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