MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Miami-Dade police have released the man who was shot and killed by officers in west Miami over the weekend.

The shooting took place in the 6800 block of SW 21st Street early Saturday morning.

It all started when South Miami Police, investigating a theft of a Rolex watch, got into a confrontation with 42-year old Orestes Fernandez at SW 80th Street and 66th Avenue. Fernandez took off in his car and attempted to run over the South Miami Police officers, according to Miami-Dade Police.

Miami-Dade police joined in the chase which came to a stop at SW 68th Avenue and 21st Street. Police said as officers moved in to arrest Fernandez, there was an “altercation” and shots were fired. Fernandez died on the scene.

A total of three Miami-Dade police officers and one South Miami officer were involved in the shooting. Miami-Dade Police have not said which officer fired the deadly shot.

Police confirmed that Fernandez was the one who stole the watch from a jewelry store last week.  His ex-wife allegedly identified him from the store’s security tape, which aired on news, and tipped off police.


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