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Kendall Residents Urged to Stay Indoors as Police Battle Suspect With High-Powered Weapon UPDATED

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via @BrunoPGiglio's Twitter
A suspected grow house on fire in Kendall.
A crazy scene is playing out in Kendall tonight, with police urging residents to stay indoors as officers battle a suspect with a high-powered rifle near Miller Drive and SW 154th Avenue.

Though details are scarce, NBC 6 reports that the confrontation began when police raided a suspected grow house. The suspect set the place on fire before starting a shootout, the station reports.

Update: Police have one of the three suspects in custody. Two others are still on the run this morning.

The confrontation began sometime around 7:30 p.m., when a narcotics unit approached the suspect's house. He began shooting at police before setting the house on fire, NBC 6 reports.

As police closed in, he began firing at officers and in the general direction of Miller Drive, a heavily traveled thoroughfare.

Miami-Dade police have now urged residents in the area to stay inside.

The shootout has blown up Twitter as Kendall commuters try to navigate blocked streets and neighbors warn each other to stay out of the area. As of 9:15, the scene is still chaos:


We'll update this post when we learn more.

Update: After a nightlong manhunt, police have arrested one of three suspects involved in the shootout, but two others are still on the lam.

Miami-Dade police caught Brian Kelly Howell, 29, after setting up a perimeter around the scene, spokesman Alvaro Zabaleta tells the Miami Herald. Two other suspects remain at large: Dell Peter DiGiovanni, 50, and Michael Steven DiGiovanni, 27. 

Zabaleta says the three men opened fire with automatic weapons when a narcotics unit tried to raid their house, which was suspected of being a grow-house operation. 

Also, let's give credit where credit is due: New Times' Cultist columnist and everyone's favorite Cuban puppet from hell Pepe Billete was, by all accounts, one of the first (and possibly the very first) to write about the shootout on Twitter last night:

Pepe stayed on the news for his 17,000 followers, tweeting pics of the police swarm, updates about whether it was safe to venture outside, and generally punching TV news in the cojones

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24 comments
brucehrowan
brucehrowan

So now you see, marijuana is dangerous.

pepebillete
pepebillete

Thanks for the credit pipo. By the way, the most current info available at the moment is on my facebook like page. De pinga. 

Kimberly Lazala
Kimberly Lazala

A grow house with pot?? Head for the hills everybody

Terence R Waldron
Terence R Waldron

It's not Lil' Wayne, is it? Cause you know all of MIA has been after him. & apparently for no reason. I bet it's him they're battling right now. Prob got David Stern calling the shots. (Pun intended)

Patrick Butters
Patrick Butters

UPDATE So far, no reports of injuries in the S.W. Miami-Dade standoff. Police have set up a table with some chocolate and churros and is asking the community to please do not disturb while they eat and drink.

Grant Stern
Grant Stern

Don't you dare take away that guy's second amendment rights!

Chris Leyva
Chris Leyva

So much trash living in this area, there was a grow house near me last year

Kori Williams
Kori Williams

They gonna burn this guy like they did Dorner too?!!

James G. Camp
James G. Camp

Score it as another with a mental illness with a firearm ? Criminals get the firearms, yet they want to give the rest of us gun control ?

Ray Garcia
Ray Garcia

You are reporting 154 ST, the correct address is SW 57 ST & 154 Ave

Jimbo99
Jimbo99

Glad they decided to do this at 7:30 PM, I have to go thru that area and would be highly p*$$ed off if something were to happen to me over a botched pot bust ?

Derpaderp
Derpaderp

Set fire to the grow house? Gonna be  a lot of people hungry in Kendall tonight.

pepebillete
pepebillete

@SOLM @pepebilleteActually, yes pipo I think I might be. How about the fact that investigators are working towards confirming that one of the "at large suspects" is dead and was burned inside the house? Haven't heard that one anywhere yet huh? Yea didnt think so sapingo. Im pretty sure you've heard this one though, "Me cago en tu madre"! VPLP

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