Suspect Stunned After Attack on Officers Dies: Cops

The suspect's mother that she wanted police to help her control her son and help him with his drug addiction – but not to kill him

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    A suspect subdued by a stun gun after an attack on two Miami-Dade Police officers has died, police said. Maria Barrera told NBC 6 that she wanted police to help her control her son and help him with his drug addiction – but not to kill him. NBC 6's Claudia DoCampo reports. (Published Friday, Feb 28, 2014)

    A suspect subdued by a stun gun after an attack on two Miami-Dade Police officers has died, police said.

    The officers responded to the scene at at Southwest 202nd Street and 121st Avenue shortly after 11 p.m. on Thursday in reference to a domestic dispute.

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    The suspect, later identified as 37-year-old Maykel Barrera, became combative. Police said he pushed one officer down and they briefly chased him by foot.

    "He knocked one of them out clean cold on the ground," witness Demetrius McKenzie said. "Then another one came, that one was trying to put him in a hold but he knocked that one off on the ground too."

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    Another witness said Barrera was large and hard to fight off.

    "He was big like the Hulk," neighbor Jerwaune Johnson. "They tried to choke him out, but it wasn't really doing nothing."

    One of the officers sustained a serious head injury that required stitches, police said.

    Barrera's mother told NBC 6 she was the one who called police when her son came home acting violent.

    Maria Barrera said in Spanish that she wanted them to help her control her son and help him with his drug addiction – but not to kill him.

    Witnesses said the attack quickly turned violent.

    "All I heard was, 'Drop the gun, drop the gun,' but I don’t know who was saying, 'Drop the gun, I'm going to shoot, you I’m going to shoot you,' and that’s when I came out to the window and tried to figure out what was going on and I saw a bunch of cop cars," witness Milagros Vasquez said.

    Barrera said her son was unarmed.

    Maykel Barrera was subdued with a stun gun while being taken into custody, police said. He was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital South and then Jackson Memorial Hospital where he died, according to police.

    The two officers were treated for their injuries at a local hospital and later released.

    Maria Barrerea said she will be taking legal action against the two officers.

    Maykel Barrera had a previous criminal record that includes a conviction for manslaughter 21 years ago. Last year he faced felony charges that included aggravated battery, records show.