A man accused of killing his wife and son and shooting an attorney at a Kendall law office before he was shot by officers during a standoff in southwest Miami-Dade was ordered held without bond Tuesday during his first court appearance.
Fadel Jabado, 54, is facing multiple charges including two counts of second-degree murder, one count attempted first-degree murder, four counts of attempted murder on a law enforcement officer, five counts of aggravated assault with a firearm on a law enforcement officer, and one count of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.
Jabado was represented by a public defender during Tuesday's hearing, his first appearance in court following his release from the hospital.
Miami-Dade Police said Jabado shot attorney Larry Harshman at Harshman's office at at 11420 N. Kendall Drive on Nov. 2. Police later found Jabado's wife and adult son shot to death at their home off Southwest 192nd Street in southwest Miami-Dade. They were identified as 43-year-old Bassima Jabado and 26-year-old Ahmed Jabado.
According to an arrest affidavit released Tuesday, Jabado shot his wife because he was angry that she wanted a divorce. He also thought his wife and son were going to take the house from him and leave him homeless and without money, the affidavit said.
Harshman was hospitalized in critical condition but is expected to survive. Harshman's wife said Jabado became upset when Harshman said he couldn't handle Jabado's divorce.
The affidavit said Jabado was angry at Harshman for assisting with a transaction regarding the home.
Fadel Jabado was shot by officers after an hours-long standoff. Police said he had barricaded himself inside a vehicle and was armed. He pointed his firearm at officers and fired at them, and they shot him several times. He was airlifted to Jackson Memorial Hospital South.
During negotiations with police, Jabado confessed to the murders of his wife and son and to shooting Harshman, the affidavit said. He said numerous times he wanted police to kill him as he couldn't commit suicide because of his religion, the affidavit said.
Jabado had five children, three of whom are underage. A family court judge granted custody of the minors to an aunt and uncle.