Knife Wielding Man Shot By Miami-Dade Police

NORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE (CBSMiami) – A police involved shooting in Northwest Miami-Dade has left a man hospitalized.

The shooting took place at 16800 NW 57th Avenue in the parking lot of a Maroone Ford dealership on Thursday morning.

Miami-Dade police said officers arrived on the scene after responding to a report of a man, identified as David Calderin, 25,  who was making suicidal threats. Calderin was not an employee or customer of the car dealership.

When officers approached the man, Calderin armed himself with a large knife, according to police.  One of the officers then fired his weapon and struck the him. Calderin was air lifted to Jackson Memorial Hospital where he is in stable condition, said police.

In a photo released by Miami-Dade police, the knife looks like an old-fashioned dagger. It’s about a foot-long with a half-foot long blade and an ornate dragon handle.

A witness who spoke to CBS4’s Ted Scouten described what he saw and heard.

“I heard 6 gunshots across the street.  I’m not really sure what happened.  But it definitely sounded like someone got shot,” said witness Brett Serpe who also explained, “There was a metro dade officer with a gun drawn and he shot somebody.”

Police said Calderin appeared suicidal and left the officer no choice but the fire.

“When these officers arrived here on the scene, they located this individual, approached him, that’s when he armed himself with the knife and that’s when the officer shot him,” said police spokesman Javier Baez.

The head of the police union says this is a textbook example of when an officer is forced to fire.

“The officer is obviously upset, but he prevented injury to other people and himself and his partner, he acted in a very heroic way and we’re very proud of him,” John Rivera, president of the Police Benevolent Association.

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  1. DOMINGO says:

    SURE SHOOT THE MAN WHAT THE HELL WHY NOT TASER THE MAN WHY HAD TO USE THE GUN NOW HE WILL SAY THAT THE MAN CAME AT HIM AND HE FEAR FOR HIS LIFE WELCOME TO MIAMI WHERE THE COPS ARE TRIGER HAPPY FOR ANYTHING NO MATTER WHAT .

    1. BEEN THERE DONE THAT says:

      SHUT UP FOOL. YOU HAVE NO CLUE WHAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT. WHY DONT YOU PUT ON A UNIFORM, AND GO HANDLE A FEW CALLS. YOU WILL FIND OUT REAL FAST THAT YOU DONT BRING A TASER TO A KNIFE FIGHT. ONE MALFUNCTION OR A MISSED TASER SHOT AND YOU ARE DEAD.

    2. FYI says:

      Not all police officers have tasers. Secondly would like to get that close to a person who refuses to put a knife down?

  2. bt20 says:

    If you want to look at it like this, in shooting the subject, he stopped him from killing himself or harming anybody else… So he stopped the threat! I think the officer used his discretion wisely. You could say he should have talked him out of it but sometimes force is needed (in any situation,) to get the point across. Anyway, when the man recovers maybe we will find he was mentally ill or on drugs… Maybe he will be happy that in essence the officer saved his life, since he stopped him from killing himself! We will then know the story! … This reminds me of a story I read about a kid on mushrooms who tried to drown himself in the ocean & an officer stopped him… The kid later thanked the officer!

  3. what were u thinking says:

    To clear all (bt20 no he is not on drugs)(been there done that let me tell you something what happened to all the trainings that these cops i have under gone? let me tell you the news always gives you negative feedback and i do agree with domingo why shoot him if he was running away from the cop and he never pulled out the knife maybe get your facts right) Domingo i do agree with you why shoot him and if he was trying to kill himself why not call for back up or taser. Im just fed uo with some of these cops!

  4. Starroc says:

    He just needed to be tased,
    the police need to retrain, need to hire people with more common sense. I know that kid. He is a good kid, takes care of his daughter, All he likes to do is write novels after novels, He was in love with sombody from a different culture that did not want him to be with there daughter, Told me himself, that he was in love with her. Thats what it was about, He was not a criminal !!!!!!!!, ALL THEY HAD TO DO WAS TASE HIM, WHATS THE PURPOSE OF NON-LETHAL FORCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. john says:

    police always use excessive force because they are brainwashed in the academy to do so. they view us (the population) as their job not human beings. the vast majority of uniformed officers feel superior to the rest of society but beyond that i happen to know the victim and he was only a danger to himself not a squad of police with plenty of tasers

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