Two Men Arrested After S.W.A.T. Team Rushes To Upscale Coral Gables Neighborhood

CORAL GABLES (CBSMiami) – New details are emerging after two men arrested for firing weapons in an upscale Coral Gables neighborhood, prompting a S.W.A.T. team to be called out.

“I know there was a party that night before this happened and alcohol was involved and unfortunately people do things that are dumb when alcohol is involved,” said John Hager, a next-door neighbor of one of the men charged in the incident.

Police say Emilio Estevez of Coral Gables and Shyam Zaveri of Southwest Miami-Dade were charged with discharging a firearm in public. Estevez was also charged with using a firearm while under the influence of alcohol.

Coral Gables Police say it was 5:50 Sunday morning when an officer encountered Estevez and Zaveri firing weapons near Estevez’s home on Sierra Circle just off Old Cutler Road.

One round hit the officer’s car. He was not injured.

Police set up a perimeter and the S.W.A.T. team was called in.

Residents said they had never seen anything like this before in their neighborhood.

Hager sent CBS4 new photos of the incident that he took on Sunday morning. The photos show members of the S.W.A.T. team not far from his home.

“It’s not the type of neighborhood where you have a shooting like the one yesterday,” he told CBS4’s Peter D’Oench.

“This is a good neighborhood and a good family,” Hager told D’Oench. “When you wake up and see the S.W.A.T. in your neighborhood like this, it is a surprise.”

Hager, who lives next to Estevez and is also a criminal defense attorney said, “I don’t know what happened but I do know the gunshots were not intended for the police officer who parks in our neighborhood in a vacant lot.”

He said he had spoken with Estevez’s mother and said she was very upset.

D’Oench stopped at the homes of both Estevez and Zaveri. No one at either home wanted to comment.

Records show Estevez is the owner of Café Nosh in downtown Miami near the Miami-Dade courthouse. No one there wanted to say anything.

Records also show that Estevez and Zaveri have no prior arrests.

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