MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A man wanted for murder was shot dead by police near a correctional facility in West Miami-Dade Monday afternoon, officers said.
Police identified the man as 47-year-old John Spaulding.
Chopper4 was over the scene near the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center (TGK) around 2 p.m.
According to Miami-Dade Police, two officers spotted Spaulding in a gold SUV they were looking for in the area of NW 41st Street and 70th Ave on the north side of the jail.
“Our robbery intervention detail, they were looking for a subject that was wanted for murder on a City of Miami case,” said Det. Alvaro Zabaleta with the Miami-Dade Police Department. “When they attempted to approach the vehicle, shots were fired and the individual was struck. Fire Rescue responded. He was pronounced deceased on the scene.”
The correctional facility was placed on lockdown after the shooting. Hours later, the lockdown was lifted and visitation could resume at 8 p.m.
Three vehicles could be seen near the facility – one which had the driver’s side window broken. A yellow tarp could be seen right next to it, covering a body with officers standing nearby.
A number of bullet casings were seen on the ground as well.
People who work nearby were startled by the scene.
“But I just seen the whole commotion. I seen all the helicopters. I knew something serious had happened once I saw the helicopters and all the police presence,” said Edgard Toruno who works nearby.
Miami-Dade Corrections said the shooting did not happen on their compound and did not involve any of their officers.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating the shooting.
CBS4 News has reached out to City of Miami Police regarding the murder Spaulding was accused in.