Police audio chronicles tense Urban Beach Weekend shooting
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (WSVN) -- According to newly released dispatch tapes, police fired more than 100 rounds at the young man who perished during a tense shooting that rocked the 2011 Urban Beach Weekend.
That finding about the May 30, 2011 shooting that left 22-year-old Raymond Herisse dead and four others injured during the popular Memorial Day weekend event is one of several new details contained in the roughly four hours of audio investigators finally made available for public scrutiny, Sunday.
"Shots fired on Collins at 15th Street," an officer is heard screaming in the tapes. "I believe it struck one of the officers," he continues.
The audio captures law enforcers' comments as they attempt to stop the vehicle Herisse was driving that night before they opened fire. "Silver Honda heading south on 16th Street and Collins," says an officer. Police maintain Herisse ignored orders to pull over, hitting one officer and narrowly missing several others.
Moments after Herisse allegedly hit an officer, the audio picks up the barrage of bullets that hailed on Herisse and his vehicle. Officers fired 116 rounds at Herisse. Sixteen of them hit the 22-year-old, who would later die from his gunshot wounds.
Herisse's family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Hialeah and Miami Beach Police Departments in May. His mother, Marceline Azor, made the announcement at a May 21 press conference during which she broke down in tears.
Herisse's sister said her brother's death is a loss from which the family has not recovered. "We're unable to live. It's not the same anymore," said Charline Herisse. "We don't want it to happen again. I mean, I don't want to have to leave and go out and hear that, you know, police are going to start shooting."
Marwan Porter, Herisse's family attorney, said the audio footage shows what his clients have argued all along: Herisse did not fire a weapon or did not do something that warranted a hail of bullets. "They have no answers," he said. "Mrs. Azor said, 'One day my baby's here, the next day he's gone.'"
It is now up to the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office to decide whether the officers' actions during the shooting were justified.
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