FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – The body of fallen Hollywood police Officer Yandy Chirino was escorted from Memorial Regional Hospital to the Broward Medical Examiner’s Office on Monday were dozens of police officers from several different departments and Broward sheriff’s deputies were on hand to honor him.
Chirino was shot Sunday night when he and fellow officers responded to a suspicious person call in the 4000 block of North Hills Drive. According to the call, a person on a bicycle was pulling on vehicle door handles and attempting to break into them.READ MORE: Florida Senate Passes Scaled-Back Emergency Fund
“Officers responded to the area and came in contact with a suspect. At that point an altercation took place and Officer Yandy Chirino was shot,” said Police Chief Chris O’Brien.
Chirino was taken to Memorial Regional Hospital with life threatening injuries.
“The medical staff there worked tirelessly to save his life. But the injuries were too severe and Officer Chirino passed away,” said O’Brien.
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Jason Banegas, 18, was taken into custody for the shooting and later moved from the Hollywood Police Department to the Broward County Jail in what is commonly known as a perp walk.
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“He has an extensive arrest history and will be charged with the following, armed burglary, battery on a law enforcement officer, carrying a concealed firearm violation, grand theft of a firearm, resisting with violence, and first degree murder,” said O’Brien.
Chirino, who went to Florida International University, was 28-year-old and had been with the department since 2017. He received five supervisor’s commendations and was selected as the Officer of the Month for June of 2020.
“To be here this morning united in grief and sadness at the loss of this young man is a tragic reminder of the dangers our officers face every day and the fragile nature of human life,” said Hollywood Mayor Josh Levy.MORE NEWS: Fired Former Miami Police Chief Art Acevedo Files Lawsuit Against City, Commissioners, City Manager
It’s been over a decade since the Hollywood police department lost an officer in the line of duty. That was Officer Alex Del Rio. He was doing traffic enforcement in the 7000 block of Sheridan Street on November 22, 2008, when he was killed in a crash.