'We Are Outraged': Family of Man Killed After Miami Beach Car Theft, Standoff Speaks Out - NBC 6 South Florida

'We Are Outraged': Family of Man Killed After Miami Beach Car Theft, Standoff Speaks Out

Footage showed officers surrounding the suspect in an SUV that crashed into an Office Depot

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    Family of Man Killed After Car Theft Speaks Out

    The family of a man who was shot by a driver as he allegedly tried to steal an SUV after a crash and standoff in Miami Beach earlier this week is "outraged" over his death.

    (Published Friday, Dec. 21, 2018)

    The family of a man who was shot by a driver as he allegedly tried to steal an SUV after a crash and standoff in Miami Beach earlier this week is "outraged" over his death.

    Police say Jose Reyes Bermudez, of Orlando, got into the driver's seat of an SUV Tuesday at a car wash and drove off before crashing it into an Office Depot at 1771 Avenue. 

    The driver, identified as 48-year-old Stephen Lott, said Bermudez tried to run him over and admitted to shooting him. 

    Bermudez later died at the hospital.

    Witness Details Deadly Shooting, Car Theft Miami Beach

    [MI] Witness Details Deadly Shooting, Car Theft Miami Beach

    NBC 6's Steve Litz spoke with a bystander who witnessed the deadly shooting and car theft in Miami Beach.

    (Published Friday, Dec. 21, 2018)

    His nephew, Keu Reyes, said his family is outraged.

    "The stealing of somebody's property is wrong," Reyes said in a video call from Los Angeles. "But to shoot someone in the head? ...and to shoot to kill because he did not shoot to deflate a tire ... that's murder."

    Lott surrendered to police immediately and said he fired in self-defense. His attorney, Mike Grieco, said Bermudez was stealing a car and tried to run people over.

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    [MI] Miami Beach Car Theft Leads to Fatal Shooting and Crash

    A suspect who was shot by a driver as he tried to steal an SUV died after a crash and tense police standoff in Miami Beach Tuesday morning, authorities said.

    (Published Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018)

    Under Florida's "stand your ground" law, the shooting would not be considered murder if it was self-defense.

    The family said fire responders took too long to respond to the scene and wonders if a faster rescue might have saved Bermudez' life. Miami Beach police say they had to wait for FPL to turn off the power at the scene because Bermudez ran over a utility pole and also had to determine whether he was armed and dangerous.

    Reyes said his uncle, who ran a construction business in Orlando, suffered from schizophrenia, and while he served time for drug offenses, he was not dangerous.

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    [MI] Vehicle Theft Leads to shooting in Miami Gardens

    NBC 6's Tony Pipitone has the latest on this breaking news after officers responded to the scene west of Alton Road.

    (Published Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018)

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