A driver who crashed and then fled from police was shot and killed when he tried to break into a nearby resident’s house, police said.
Miami Police said an officer on patrol attempted to pull over a vehicle driving erratically late Wednesday night, and the driver crashed at NW 5th Avenue and NW 59th Street. He fled on foot, pushing the officer to the ground, and a perimeter was established, police said.
Trapped inside it, the man started banging on the doors and windows of 5900 NW 5th Ave., demanding to be let in.
The resident refused to open the door. But when the driver broke s window, the resident shot his firearm, killing him, Detective Willie Moreno said.
Police have withheld his identification until his family is notified.
Angel Reynolds was outside her home when the dramatic events occurred. The driver slammed into her car.
“I (saw) him running and I’m telling my friend, somebody’s coming through the bushes toward us,” she said.
Reynolds said the suspect did not deserve to die.
“It was wrong for them to shoot him, because he wasn’t trying to break in their house,” she said.
Police said they believe he was, and that the only thing that is unclear is whether the suspect was partially inside the house.
Moreno said the neighbor saw the suspect as a threat.
“He doesn’t know this individual’s actions or what his intentions are, so at this point, apparently, this resident feared for his life, for his family,” he said.