Man injured in police-involved shooting
NORTHEAST MIAMI-DADE, Fla. (WSVN) -- A local man has been shot and hospitalized following a police-involved shooting in a residential neighborhood.
The shooting happened just before 5 a.m., Thursday, near a home along 177th Street and Northeast Fifth Street. According to investigators, Miami-Dade police responded to the address in reference to a stolen cell phone.
Upon arrival, they knocked on the door and a male opened the door with a gun in his hand. "Officers approached the residence, they were confronted by this individual who opened the door while holding a weapon," said Miami-Dade Police Detective Javier Baez. "At that time there was a confrontation and shots were fired."
Miami-Dade Police have identified the man as 32-year-old Jeffrey Paul.
Crews airlifted Paul to Jackson Memorial Hospital where he is listed in serious but stable condition.
Residents who live in the area woke up to the commotion. "This is a very quiet neighborhood. People around here don't do stuff like that," said Jignore Oglester. "I just woke up out of my sleep, and this is what I saw."
Neighbors know Paul as "Big Boy," who is a local DJ and does promotions in the North Miami area. "He's a good guy, been around forever," said a neighbor. "I've known him since he was a kid."
The police officer who fired the gun has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation, which is standard procedure at the Miami-Dade Police Department.
Police continue to investigate.
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