Burglary suspect armed with pickaxe shot by police

Published On: Dec 24 2013 08:20:12 AM EST   Updated On: Sep 24 2013 01:17:20 PM EDT

A home and car were damaged by a man with a pick axe. Police say he was shot after refusing to drop the weapon.


A police officer shot a burglary suspect who threatened them with a pickaxe late Monday, according to Miami-Dade police.

Police responded to calls of a burglary at 4280 SW 10th Street about 9:25 p.m. According to police spokesman Det. Roy Rutland, the responding officer was then confronted by the armed suspect.

When the man refused to drop his pickaxe, the officer shot the man, said Rutland.

"I heard like six gunshots," said Henry Guerra. "It was crazy. Immediately the helicopters, the fire rescue, 50 police officers."

The suspect was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital, where he was in serious but stable condition as of early Tuesday morning. The officer wasn't hurt.

One neighbor claimed she knew the suspect.

"He lives in the back house with his mom," said Doris Quinn.


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