MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A police-involved shooting in Miami-Dade County left one person dead Tuesday afternoon.
The shooting took place at an apartment complex at 1907 NW 107th Avenue in West Miami-Dade County.
According to Miami-Dade Police, the man who was shot is the subject of an investigation being conducted at Miami International Airport that started sometime ago.Police did not give details of that investigation, but they said officers conducting the investigation found the man at the apartment complex and there was a confrontation.
“Based on preliminary information I do have, the suspect was in fact armed in addition to that he had a bullet proof vest in his vehicle with him,” said Detective Roy Rutland with Miami Dade Police.
At least two officers opened fire and the subject was shot multiple times. He was taken to Kendall Regional Trauma Center where he later died.
The shooting happened about 3:30 in the afternoon and a several neighbors heard the shots.
“I was in the backyard of my house and I heard an argument, or something was said, and then three gunshots right after another bam bam bam,” explained Roger Zamora.
Police haven’t said if the suspect fired at officers and they have not released his identity, but family members say his name was Alexis Suarez and they say he worked at Miami International Airport.
Maricel Dieguez, who says she is the wife of Alexis Suarez sobbed as she left the apartment late Tuesday.
“What I’ve got to do is find justice,” she said.
“This is a very justified shooting,” said John Rivera with the Police Benevolent Association. “Our police officers had every reason to fear for their own lives and the lives of the people in this community.”