MIAMI (CBSMiami) – An investigation into some stolen property led to a police involved shooting in Northeast Miami-Dade.
Around 5 a.m., officers were sent to a home at 551 NE 177th Street as part of an ongoing investigation into a stolen cell phone, according to Miami-Dade police Detective Javier Baez.
“As uniformed officers approached the residence they were confronted by an individual who opened the door while holding a weapon,” said Baez. “At that time there was a confrontation and shots were fired.”
The injured man, identified as 32-year old Jeffrey Paul by his neighbors, was airlifted to the Ryder Trauma Center where he was listed as serious condition.
Baez said Paul did not fire his gun at the officers.
Paul’s neighbors were stunned by the commotion when they woke up.
“I woke up this morning and checked outside, I saw red and blue flashing lights so when I came outside I see there was a bunch of cops and news reporters on the block,” said Monopoly Jignore Oglester.
Friends and neighbors who came to the house said Paul was also known as “Big Boy,” a popular deejay in the area who was known for his music mixes and party promotion.
“That’s a terrible tragedy to happen to something like that to him,” said Oglester. “My condolences go out to the family because that was a great guy right there, that’s what you call a deejay.”
“He was a well known guy, gentle,” said “Michael”.
Fans have posted pleas for prayers on Paul’s Twitter account.
One woman wrote “bigboy is a man of faith and loves god, I know god has you under his wings.”
The officer who shot Paul has been put on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the shooting investigation.