Off-Duty Officer Shoots, Kills Convicted Burglar in SW Miami-Dade

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A veteran off-duty Miami police officer shot and killed a previously convicted burglar who attempted to break into his southwest Miami-Dade home Monday.

The shooting happened before 4 p.m. near the 700 block of Southwest 98th Court according to Miami-Dade police.

A 13-year-old boy, who was home alone, told his parents that someone was attempting to break in, MDPD spokesman Alvaro Zabaleta said. The father, an off-duty City of Miami police officer, rushed home and confronted the suspect in the driveway.

"The subject turned on him, and with a very large screwdriver, and he made a threat to the officer’s life," said Sergeant Tommy Reyes of the Fraternal Order of Police, adding that the suspect possibly made a move towards the officer, who then shot him.

The suspect was taken to Kendall Regional Hospital, where he later died. He was later identified as 29-year-old Anthony Arias, who had already served time in prison for burglary.

The officer was the only one to fire a weapon.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is leading the investigation.

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