A Miami firefighter has been relieved of duty with pay after he was arrested on felony charges of burglary and aggravated battery of an elderly person after an incident that took place outside Southland Mall in Cutler Bay.
According to the arrest report, Reynaldo Luis Miranda, 47, became upset after 71-year-old man parked his truck too close to the firefighters Jeep. Police said Miranda got out of his car and began yelling at the other driver.
Police said after the two exchanged words, Miranda left the parking lot of the mall. The victim then left the mall via SW 211th Street and said he saw Miranda’s Jeep just ahead of him.
According to the arrest report, Miranda’s car came to a stop in the roadway and he walked up to the driver’s side window of the other car and “confronted the victim in a rage.” Police said Miranda began to hit the older man.
Police said an officer drove up to the scene during the attack and eventually detained Miranda. A witness also said she saw Miranda hit the older driver with “three hard hits.” The older driver had a laceration above his eye that was treated on the scene.
Miami Fire said Miranda was relieved of duty with pay during an investigation and is an almost 30-year veteran firefighter.
"The City of Miami Department of Fire Rescue has been made aware of an arrest involving one of our employees while the employee was off duty. The employee has been placed on 'Relieved of Duty' status as we continue to monitor the progress of the investigation," the department said in a statement. "The department of fire-rescue remains focused on delivering the best possible service to our citizens."