NW MIAMI-DADE (CBSMiami) – The family of a man who was gunned down by Miami Beach police after a short chase wants to know the officer had to shoot.

Just after 8 p.m. on Wednesday, detectives with the county’s Robbery Intervention Detail reported hearing gunshots in the area of NW 6th Avenue and 75th Avenue. They then saw an SUV speeding away, according to police spokeswoman Lt. Rosanna Cordero-Stutz.

After a short chase the driver, later identified as 33-year old Julio Santiago, bailed out and took off on foot into the neighborhood.

A Miami Beach officer working with the county detail chased Santiago and shot him during a confrontation, according to Cordero-Stutz.  Santiago’s family wants to know why.

“He didn’t have no gun, he didn’t have no arms for anybody to shoot him the way they did, he wasn’t no dog,” said Vanessa, a woman who identified herself as the man’s sister.

They said Santiago was a husband and father.  They admit he had a criminal history, but quickly added he was trying to get his life back on track.

Police records show Santiago had previous convictions for burglary, arson and assault.  His last conviction was in 2003.

“It doesn’t matter what he did, they didn’t have to shoot him,” said a woman who only wanted to be identified as “Auntie.”

Cordero-Stutz said a records check of the SUV turned up that it had been reported from Palm Beach County.

Detectives have not said if Santiago was armed. Police spent the night searching the area where the shooting occurred reportedly looking for a weapon. They did not say if one was recovered.

Comments (6)
  1. TyJohnsonBigDaddy says:

    These families need to be charged for the expanses created by their criminal family members.

    Our tax money should go to education and improving the neighborhoods. These criminals use up all our money!

  2. Mimi says:

    Personally knowing Julio “White Boy Mike” Santiago” and I know I haven’t seen him in a few years – I will say that yes, he is a car thief but that was Julio (and I’m not saying that it was right and that has gotten him into alot of trouble throughout the years). knowing Julio since the early 90’s, and I can honestly say that he was not a violent person that just wasn’t his character, When this all boils down I can almost guarantee that he didn’t have a weapon(gun). The streets was all he knew, and that was how he survived. I never agreed with his way of living but that’s all he knew and it shouldn’t have cost him his life. My prayers are with his family in their time of need…

    1. Jane Doe says:

      People do desparate things to avoid going to jail sometines. People also forget that a weapon does not necessarily mean a gun. Until there is more information released I am not picking sides.

  3. FERNANDO says:

    “It did not matter what he DID, they did not have to shoot him” says this woman. She needs to dictate courses in the police academy teaching the rookies to turn the other cheek when dealing with criminals. Thanks God that we have a good police force.

    1. Yolanda says:

      I never judge because thats God job not mines but we have to remember that some criminals get like this because of how thy were raised and its not an excuse but reality. I studied Criminal minds and we must not shoot someone because they running but because we have seen a weapon and it can be used against someone and even if he wanted to shoot him he could have done so but in his feet once you shoot him in his feet he was going to drop or slow down clearly he did not shoot to stop he shoot to kill.

  4. yolanda says:

    Julio was my cusin we grew up together as kids and he even lived with us for a little bit. He is from St.Croix USVI but moved to the states when was young. Julio never had a stable familiy so he turned to the streets. I remembered when my dad try to adopt him but his father denied so it was left alone. Raised by the streets in the states and no family close by because we all live in the V.I. he did what he had to do. I saw Julio five years ago when i went to my cusin wedding i aint had seen him for about 17 years. Then i heard he got married and now this. Yes he had a wrap sheet of things he did but still he could have gone to jail again. I was told he have a daughter that he loved to death . RIP see u when i pass away .

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