A man was killed in an officer-involved shooting after reportedly stabbing his wife and teenage son early Thursday in southwest Miami-Dade.
Security guard Luis Morales was on patrol at the apartment complex at 11201 Southwest 197th Street around 2:30 a.m. when he heard screams for help. Morales says he responded to the screams, and saw the teenage boy running toward him.
"He was running toward me and he was losing a lot of blood," Morales told NBC 6. "He had multiple stab wounds."
Morales called 911, and administered first aid to the teen, applying pressure to his stab wounds. Police responded to the apartment where the boy's mother was also suffering from stab wounds. Morales says that's when he heard gunshots coming from the apartment.
Morales took time to reassure the teen.
"I told him that he was brave," Morales says. "That he did the right thing to protect his mother, and that everything was going to be fine."
According to police, the suspect, 42-year-old Ernesto Medina Lopez, got into a confrontation with responding officers, forcing them to fire their weapons. Lopez died at the scene.
The 35-year-old woman and the 13-year-old boy were air lifted to Ryder Trauma Center. Their conditions are not immediately known, but a friend of the woman tells NBC 6 that she has been in touch with the family all morning long and that both are expected to live.
The friend says the boy was stabbed four times, while his mother was stabbed two times.
According to the friend, Lopez suffered from violent epileptic attacks and apparently had one when he attacked his family.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating the incident.
This is a developing story and will be updated as new information becomes available.