Community Leaders Discuss Fatal Police-Involved Shooting as Detectives Search for Man Wanted For Questioning

Miami-Dade Police are searching for a man wanted for questioning in a deadly police-involved shooting last week.

Detectives released a flyer Tuesday with a photo of Devin Lamar Smith.

Officials want to talk to the 25-year-old about his involvement in Friday's police-involved shooting that unfolded on West Indigo Street in West Perrine.

Miami-Dade Police said officers were forced to shoot 21-year-old Jamar Rollins during an attempted traffic stop. Smith was the passenger and fled the scene on foot. Detectives say Rollins, who was behind the wheel, pulled out a gun on two officers before he was shot and killed.

However, one witness said Rollins had his hands up. "This was an assasination. My nephew was gunned down and killed by an officer," said Rollins' aunt, Karen Harris. 

A community meeting was held Tuesday evening at Sweet Home Missionary Baptist Church. County Commissioner Dennis C. Moss along with pastors and Miami-Dade Police Director Juan Perez discussed the investigation with frustrated residents.

Harris spoke directly to Perez during Tuesday's meeting. "Why was he allowed to be in our community, targeting these young men in the first place?" Harris asked. 

Harris along with many in the crowd were visibly frustrated about the deadly shooting. "The officer that could not catch the young man that did run away from the vehicle, resorted to shooting my nephew who was standing still and surrendered. That is unacceptable to me," Harris said.

Director Perez told the crowd that the officer involved had been assigned to district because of the possibility of a revenge shooting.

Both officers, Andrew Garcia and Jesus Soto, involved in the shooting have nine years of experience. They were placed on administrative paid leave as the Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigates the shooting.

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