High-Speed Police Chase in Miami Ends, Shooting Suspect in Custody

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    NBC 6's Jamie Guirola has the details of a man who was murdered in a wheelchair and the suspect who then led police on a high-speed chase. (Published Tuesday, Aug 26, 2014)

    The family of a man in a wheelchair who was shot to death Tuesday morning spoke to NBC 6, calling the suspect, who led police on a high-speed chase through Miami, a “maniac.”

    Carmen Perez said the love of her life for the last 20 years, Israel Zerquera, was in a wheelchair Tuesday morning when police said a man exited I-95 at the 95th Street exit and then got out of his car. The suspect then walked towards Israel and opened fire.

    Based on witness descriptions, police issued an advisory to look out for a gold Chevy Malibu. A short time later, officers in an undercover burglary task force spotted a car matching the description.

    The driver of the car, identified by police as Rodney Louis, 26, refused to stop and the pursuit began, officials said. Footage showed police cars pursuing the suspect in the Malibu as the car sped along streets and through traffic signals before heading north on I-95.

    Shooting Leads to Chase, Crash

    [MI] Shooting Leads to Chase, Crash
    A suspect in the fatal shooting of a man in a wheelchair led police in a high-speed chase that began in the City of Miami and ended on I-95 Tuesday morning, officials said. NBC 6's Hank Tester reports. (Published Tuesday, Aug 26, 2014)

    The car stopped after it was involved in a crash near Miami Gardens Drive and officers were seen taking Louis into custody. Police said they found a stolen .40 caliber Glock handgun with Louis.

    For Israel’s daughter-in-law, who asked not to be named, went back to work at the same ramp where Israel was killed to sell water and hats because the family is broke.

    “I do this. This is my job to sell water,” Israel’s daughter-in-law said, “to help my family with our personal bills, but for the next few days, I’m gonna be out here trying to help with funeral costs.”

    Several residents said they were in shock following the shooting.

    High-Speed Chase Ends in Crash in Miami

    [MI] High-Speed Chase Ends in Crash in Miami
    A high-speed chase that started in the City of Miami ended in a crash on I-95 Tuesday. The chase started shortly after a fatal shooting was reported, but police haven't said that the two are connected. (Published Tuesday, Aug 26, 2014)

    "We ask the question, 'Why?'" said Pastor Mike Davis. "This was a senseless killing. It was a tragedy. This is terrible for this community."

    Truck driver Richard Washington said he was upset that this would happen in the neighborhood he drives through every day.

    "It really touches me," Washington said. "That should not be happening here."

    Police said Louis faces charges of grand theft, murder, and fleeing and eluding. The shooting and chase both remain under investigation. 

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