Suspect in FBI Hate Crime Investigation Dead After Police-Involved Shooting Near Miami International Airport

The shooting stemmed from an ongoing FBI hate crime investigation

A suspect in an FBI hate crime investigation was killed during an intense shootout with law enforcement near Miami International Airport Thursday night, officials said.

Officers responded to the area of Northwest 7th Street and Northwest 72nd Avenue in response to a "wanted subject" who began firing gunshots at officers, according to the Miami Police Department.

FBI Special Agent Brian Waterman said the suspect exchanged gunfire with FBI agents and officers from Miami-Dade Police and City of Miami.

"The FBI was investigating a fugitive case, the subject of this case fled the scene, and he was armed," Waterman said.

The suspect was later identified by the FBI as 40-year-old Alexander Carballido. Officials said Carballido was the subject of a multi-agency hate crime/assault/armed robbery investigation involving a recent home invasion.

The home invasion, which happened in Allapattah, was caught on a surveillance camera in the home that showed Carballido pointing a handgun at the victim.

At one point, he made the victim undress himself, according to an incident report.

"Investigators believed that Carballido committed these acts based upon the victim's actual/perceived sexual orientation," the FBI said in a statement.

Officials said Carballido fled the first scene near Northwest 57th Avenue and 7th Street and opened fire on officers before the pursuit ended. Waterman said a rifle was recovered at the scene.

Carballido died at the scene. There were no other reported injuries in the gunfire, officials said.

Footage from the scene showed the suspect's car, a silver Nissan Altima, riddled with gunshots and dozens of police evidence markers on the road where spent shell casings were found.

Multiple gunshots can be heard in a cellphone video taken by a witness near the scene.

"I see the cops swarm and all I hear is gunshots," one witness told NBC 6. "It sounded loud, it sounded like somebody was gonna die."

The Miami Herald reported Carballido spent 10 years in prison but was released on probation in July for carjacking and assaulting a police officer.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating the shooting.

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