Police Shoot and Kill Suspect in NW Miami-Dade

Police investigated an officer-involved shooting

Miami-Dade Police identified the suspect fatally shot by an undercover officer in a pawn shop parking lot Tuesday morning.

Charles William Collins, 40, of Davie, was shot around 10:30 a.m. at a pawn shop in the area of Northwest 7th Avenue and 75th Street, police said.

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Miami-Dade Police spokeswoman Rosanna Cordero-Stutz said undercover officers were in the midst of an ongoing investigation when they made contact with Collins in the parking lot.

Collins said his identification was in his car and as officers were escorting him to his Volkswagen GTI, he jumped inside and tried to get away, traveling in the direction of the detectives, authorities said.

Cordero-Stutz said one of the officers was forced to open fire when Collins injured a female officer in her arm.

She suffered a shattered elbow, according to the Police Benevolent Association.

Witness Timothy Braymen said he saw officers surround a car and start shouting at a man and woman inside to get out.

The woman was identified as 27-year-old Jennie DeGeorge. She was unharmed during the incident but was arrested on an unrelated probation violation warrant, police said.

"They was told over and over and over," he said. "I can say I heard it at least ten times. They was told to get out of the vehicle."

Braymen said he saw DeGeorge, who was sitting in the passenger side of the car, get out and watched the officers take her into custody.

At one point, Braymen said he heard a shot ring out.

"At that time he started moving back," he said. "I heard a shot. Just one shot fired."

Cordero-Stutz told NBC 6 there was only one shooting officer at the scene.

"I do not know how many times the officer fired and I do not know if [the suspect] was armed with a weapon," she said.

Footage showed Miami Fire Rescue workers pulling the wounded suspect out of the car and putting him into the back of an ambulance.

The ambulance later arrived at Jackson Memorial Hospital, where Collins died. His vehicle was reported stolen from Broward County, according to authorities.

Police said Collins had 27 prior arrests for charges including drug possession and grand theft.

The incident is still being investigated.

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