Robbery Suspect Fatally Shot by Authorities Identified - NBC 6 South Florida

Robbery Suspect Fatally Shot by Authorities Identified

Eduardo Prieto, 32, from Hialeah, was killed Thursday afternoon

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    Robbery Suspect Fatally Shot by Authorities Identified

    Hallandale Police on Friday identified a robbery suspect who was fatally shot by authorities. Eduardo Prieto, 32, from Hialeah, was killed Thursday afternoon. He was listed as a sexual offender on the Florida Department of Law Enforcement website. Susan Bordas told NBC 6 South Florida that she heard the shots and got to the floor. (Published Friday, Sept. 7, 2012)

    Hallandale Police on Friday identified a robbery suspect who was fatally shot by authoriites.

    Eduardo Prieto, 32, from Hialeah, was killed Thursday afternoon. He was listed as a sexual offender on the Florida Department of Law Enforcement website

    Prieto had tried to take merchandise from a WalMart in Hallandale Beach with a knife and gun, authorities said.

    "We heard all of these shots," Susan Bordas said. "Everybody was hitting the floor."

    His attempted escape ended about a mile away at Acquolone, where according to a police spokesperson, multiple police officers were forced to shoot the suspect as he got out of his getaway Lexus sports utility vehicle.

    "All of a sudden, someone said "get down" then we heard shots," customer Lillian Katzin said. "All I could think of was these recent shootings."

    Katzin said that's when panic ensued inside.

    "I didn't know if someone came in and they were shooting. I didn't know if it was outside," Katzin said. "I didn't know anything."

    After things calmed down and every customer inside was questioned, they were allowed to go home.

    A Hallandale police spokesperson said they are still investigating whether or not the suspect fired his weapon, but are maintaining they were forced to shoot.