MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is continuing its investigation after two Miami Police Department officers opened fire on an armed robbery suspect, killing him.
The shooting happened Tuesday night in the Paradise Trailer Park on NW South River Drive in Miami.READ MORE: Johnson & Johnson Single-Shot COVID-19 Vaccine Joining In The Fight Against Global Pandemic
“When they came in contact with him, they had a discharge of their firearms and the subject was shot,” said Miami Deputy Chief of Police Ron Papier. “They immediately rendered first aid. The subject was transferred to Jackson Memorial Hospital, where he later succumbed to his injuries.”
On Wednesday, Miami Police identified the victim as 51-year-old Juan Carlos Pena-Noda. Police said he was a suspect in a recent string of armed robberies.
“Between February 8th and today, we’ve had a rash of robberies in the south end of the City of Miami, in particular, the Flagami area,” said Deputy Chief Papier. “These were armed robberies. A few of them were with a flare gun, and the last several were with a firearm. Two happened today.”READ MORE: South Florida House Republicans Vote Against President Biden's $1.9 Trillion Pandemic Relief Package
Police said they were able to identify him based on surveillance video from the businesses he’s accused of robbing. They said they received tips that the man either lived in or frequented the trailer park.
Miami Police added they are investigating Pena-Noda in at least six robberies since February 8.
Miami police are looking into what led up to the shooting, saying they are still investigating whether or not the suspect fired at officers or pointed a weapon.
A firearm that police said belonged to Pena-Noda was recovered from the scene.MORE NEWS: Trump A Dominant Force At Conservative Conference In Orlando
Police said they are not looking for any more suspects connected to the robberies.