Surveillance Video Shows Gunman, Later Killed in Police Shootout, Murder Man in Opa-locka - NBC 6 South Florida

Surveillance Video Shows Gunman, Later Killed in Police Shootout, Murder Man in Opa-locka

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    Surveillance Video Shows Opa-locka Murder

    Police say surveillance video shows the moments Ronnie Churches shot and killed Roberto Cardenas over the weekend in Opa-locka. NBC 6's Laura Rodriguez reports.

    (Published Tuesday, May 21, 2019)

    Chilling surveillance video shows the moments a gunman murdered a man in broad daylight in Opa-locka over the weekend.

    Police say Ronnie Churches shot and killed Roberto Cardenas Sunday at a pawn shop in front of his girlfriend and children.

    The footage shows Churches walk up to to Cardenas' car and shoot him in cold blood. The victim's family runs out of the vehicle in the panic. Moments later, Churches is seen on video walking back to the car to grab a rifle. 

    "Person didn't have no disregard for human life," said Carlos Benitez, a witness.

    Girlfriend of Man Killed in Police Shootout Speaks Out

    [MI] Girlfriend of Man Killed in Police Shootout Speaks Out

    A woman identified her boyfriend, Ronnie Churches, as the man who was killed in a gun battle with police in Miami Gardens. NBC 6's Jamie Guirola reports.

    (Published Monday, May 20, 2019)

    Before the shooting, Churches had a dispute with an employee at a car wash, witnesses said. Cardenas had asked Churches to leave, which apparently set him off.

    That murder investigation led detectives to Miami Gardens one day later, where Miami-Dade police say they were confronted by Churches, who brandished both a rifle and a handgun.

    He started shooting at the officers, who fired back, killing him.

    The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating the police-involved shooting.

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