An off-duty police officer shot and killed a gunman during a standoff outside a South Florida supermarket Saturday night in a confrontation captured on video.
Cell phone videos posted on Twitter show a man in the parking lot of a Publix supermarket in Homestead holding a gun and firing four shots into an SUV he says belongs to him. Holding a gun in front of him, he told shoppers in the parking lot, “Go home, go home.”
A Homestead police officer confronted him with his gun pointed at him, taking cover about 30 feet (10 meters) away. The man tried to open the door of the SUV, after which he shot him two more times. He then took his keys out of his pocket and tried to open the door again.
“I’m going home,” the man shouted to the officer.
“Put the gun down, sir!” – shouted the officer.
“You won’t hit me from here,” answered the man. “I’m not trying to hurt anyone.”
Seconds later, another voice ordered the man to put the gun down. He turned to him, still holding the gun in his hand. He was hit by one shot. He fell on his back. The male shooter, wearing a tank top and shorts, came into view and yelled at the Homestead officer, “I’m a police officer, Miami-Dade! Bring on the firefighter!”
A Homestead officer approached, aiming his gun at the free officer. A Miami-Dade officer pointed to where the fallen man’s gun landed, a few feet away. The Homestead officer pointed his gun at the Miami-Dade officer and ordered him to put the gun down. The officer complied. No one else was hurt.
Police said the shooter was an off-duty Miami-Dade officer. Police in Miami-Dade and Homestead did not immediately return phone calls Sunday from The Associated Press.
Miami-Dade police told the Miami Herald that the man was pronounced dead at a hospital. Police told the newspaper that a Publix security guard confronted the man for looking into cars and he pulled out a gun. Then the police were called.
Miami-Dade said its off-duty officer has 30 years of experience. His name and the name of the attacker have not been released.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement will be investigating the shooting.