Charges Dropped Against Survivor of West Kendall Grow House Fire and Shootout

Man who survived incident that ended in death of two men won't face charges

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    Brian Howell, who survived a raging inferno and shootout with police at a West Kendall grow house earlier this year that ended in two deaths won't face charges in the incident, his attorney Alexander Michaels said Monday.

    The South Florida man who survived a raging inferno and shootout with police at a West Kendall grow house earlier this year that ended in two deaths won't face charges in the incident, his attorney said Monday.

    Brian Howell, 29, had been charged with possession of a place to manufacture a controlled substance following the Feb. 19 incident at the home near Southwest 48th Terrace and Southwest 147th Place.

    West Kendall Shootout Survivor Says He Dodged "Line of Fire"

    [MI] West Kendall Shootout Survivor Says He Dodged "Line of Fire"
    The only person believed to have survived a raging inferno and shootout with police walked out of the Miami-Dade County Jail Friday night with scrapes and scratches on his head. NBC 6 reporter Steve Litz spoke to Brian Howell.

    His attorney, Alexander Michaels said the state decided to drop the charges.

    "Basically, you can see that we won the case. We didn't do anything other than claim we are innocent," said Michaels.

    Suspect in West Kendall Manhunt Found Dead: Police

    [MI] Suspect in West Kendall Manhunt Found Dead: Police
    A day after a shootout with detectives at a West Kendall home, police said Wednesday that suspect Dell Peter DiGiovanni had been found dead in an apparent suicide. Another body was found inside the residence that was burned Tuesday night, Miami-Dade Police spokesman Det. Alvaro Zabaleta said.

    Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office spokesman Ed Griffith confirmed the charges had been dropped but couldn't give any other details.

    VIDEO: West Kendall Shootout Survivor Dodged "Line of Fire"

    RAW VIDEO: West Kendall House On Fire Morning After Police Shootout

    [MI] RAW VIDEO: West Kendall House On Fire Morning After Police Shootout
    The West Kendall home where police say officers and suspects were involved in a shootout continues to burn the morning after the incident.

    The incident began when Miami-Dade Police raided the home, suspecting it to be a marijuana grow house, and came under fire as they approached it, police said.

    Officers fired back, a shootout ensued and the house went up in flames. Police later found the burned body of suspect Michael Steven DiGiovanni, 28, inside the home. Dell Peter DiGiovanni, 50, was later found dead of an apparent suicide.

    Police Search For 3 Men in West Kendall

    [MI] Police Search For 3 Men in West Kendall
    Police said they were searching a neighborhood with K-9 units in West Kendall for three men – who are likely armed – after shots were fired at police. The incident began at 15415 SW 57th St., when narcotics units were investigating a possible grow house at the address. The suspects began firing at the officers, and police said they fired back and retreated for cover.

    Howell managed to get to a neighbor's house before he was found by police. Officers charged him after eight damaged marijuana plants were found in the house.

    After he bonded out of jail, Howell told NBC 6 South Florida marijuana was being grown inside the house but he had nothing to do with it.

    "I lived in the house but that was all my stepdad’s, that was all his thing, I didn’t have anything to do with it," Howell said at the time.

    No officers were injured in the incident.

    "Eventually they're going to have to come forward and open the file and come with a report and explain to the public why they burned the house, why two people are dead, why they took so much time on this case. A lot whys need to be answered," Michaels said.

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