Suspect in West Kendall Manhunt Found Dead: Police

One suspect found dead of apparent suicide, body found in house set on fire: Police

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    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.

    One of the two suspects who was the subject of an intense manhunt following a shootout with detectives at a West Kendall home has been found dead in an apparent suicide, police said Wednesday.

    Miami-Dade Police confirmed that the body of Dell Peter DiGiovanni was found in the area of Southwest 48th Terrace and Southwest 147th Place, as officers conducted a massive manhunt following the Tuesday night shootout.

    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 discovery came just hours after a burned body was found inside the home in the 15400 block of Southwest 57th Street where the incident began. The body found in the home hasn't been identified.

    Police had been searching for DiGiovanni, 50, and relative Michael Steven DiGiovanni, 28, following the shooting that happened around 7:15 p.m. when detectives approached the home and came under fire from the suspects.

    Miami-Dade Police Discuss West Kendall Manhunt

    [MI] Miami-Dade Police Discuss West Kendall Manhunt
    Miami-Dade Police spokesman Det. Alvaro Zabaleta discusses the manhunt in West Kendall for two men accused of shooting at officers.

    VIDEO: West Kendall House On Fire Morning After Shootout

    As detectives returned fire, the house caught fire, police said. None of the officers were injured.

    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.

    A third suspect, Brian Kelly Howell, 29, was taken into custody after officers set up a perimeter from Miller Drive to 64th Avenue and from SW 142nd Avenue to SW 157th Avenue, Miami-Dade Police said. 

    Police had said Dell and Michael DiGiovanni were said to be on the run and likely armed and dangerous.

    West Kendall Perimeter Keeps Some Residents Away From Homes

    [MI] Police Perimeter in West Kendall Keeps Some Residents Away From Homes
    Police sped quickly to the West Kendall neighborhood, and when they arrived they immediately set up a perimeter as they searched for three men. Displaced residents Ashley Diaz, Daniel Cortez and Anthony Guzman spoke about being kept away from their homes.

    Miami-Dade Police spokesman Alvaro Zabaleta said the suspects were related but the exact nature of their relationship was unknown.

    Zabaleta had earlier said there was still a possibility that someone, including one of the suspects, could be inside the house that was set on fire.

    RAW VIDEO: Police Perimeter in West Kendall

    [MI] RAW VIDEO: Police Perimeter in West Kendall
    Police armed with weapons moved through a West Kendall neighborhood Tuesday night as they searched for three suspects. Shots were fired at police earlier and the suspects then set a home on fire during a narcotics investigation, authorities said.

    "We have not been able to enter or process the house itself because of the fact that it's still considered to be unsafe, fire has not been able to get to it because it's still too hot," Zabaleta said Wednesday.

    When officers and firefighters entered the home Wednesday morning, they discovered the body.

    RAW VIDEO: Police Respond to Active Shooter Scene, as Fire Burns in Background

    [MI] RAW VIDEO: Police Respond to Active Shooter Scene, as Fire Burns in Background
    Police officers in tactical gear responded Tuesday night to a southwest Miami-Dade neighborhood, saying an active shooter was in the area of 15415 SW 57th St. Police said the shooter set the home ablaze, and the fire could be seen from some distance away.

    Police said it wasn't immediately clear if all of the men shot at police. Narcotics units were investigating a possible grow house at the home, police said.

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    "These individuals obviously attempted to kill an officer so the very minimum you're gonna have attempted murder on a law enforcement officer," Zabaleta said of the charges they'll face.

    Neighbor Rodrigo Ruez said he heard what sounded like automatic guns and backup fire.

    "It sounded like the world was ending because everybody was panicking, 'cause everybody heard the shootings,” said Ruez, who was minutes away from his home when he heard the gunshots.

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    Smoke had billowed out of the burning home late Tuesday and into Wednesday morning as Miami-Dade Fire Rescue personnel waited in the area, ready to move in at a moment's notice.

    Dozens of police officers were on the scene Tuesday, some of them walking around with rifles.

    Some West Kendall residents were kept away from their homes as police searched. Ashley Diaz, like dozens of people, could not get into her home.

    She said she was coming back from Target when she found her way blocked, so she stopped at a gas station – where she had been ever since.

    “We’re stuck. We can’t go that way, we can’t go that way,” Diaz said, pointing in opposite directions.

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    The perimeter mostly impacted two housing developments in the area – Lakes of the Meadows and Westwood Lakes.

    "This is where I live, and it’s just not safe anymore," said displaced resident Anthony Guzman. "People have kids growing up here. It’s not right.”

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