SWAT standoff ends with 2 dead in apartment
MIAMI (WSVN) -- A SWAT standoff that began with a man barricaded inside his apartment has ended with police entering the residence and discovering a man and woman deceased.
The standoff came to end nearly seven hours after police responded to reports of shots fired at an apartment at 32nd Street and Northeast Second Avenue. According to police, just after midnight Friday an armed man barricaded himself inside an apartment on the first floor.
Miami Police said, disturbing 911 calls is what brought them to the apartment. "We do know that someone called, referenced his neighbor being with a gun, and making threats to him and that's why police made that determination of calling the SWAT Team," said Miami Police Officer Rene Pimentel.
Neighbor Julio who lives next to the first floor apartment said, "I got here around 6 o'clock, 6:30. There's SWAT team all over the place, about 60 cops, all the streets blocked off." He added, "The halls obviously smelled like pepper spray. There was blood splatter."
Miami SWAT Team and negotiators tried to get the man to surrender and exit his apartment peacefully but to no avail.
Julio said his apartment was hit during the stand off. "We live next to each other, but my bathroom window is closest to his unit. They might've thought that his bathroom window was my bathroom window so it shattered."
Police then used tear gas to enter the building to find a man and a woman dead inside of the apartment.
Julio said neighbors who watched it unfold filled him in. "There was an argument. He was running up and down the hall saying that they were gonna rob us. He was waiving his gun, then there was more arguing, then gun shots, then somebody's dead, then he's dead," said Julio.
He said he knows the man who died as Alex. The two talked often, but he has no idea what could've happened. "It's weird. Like I said, I talked to the kid at 5 o'clock. He is a normal kid. I don't know," said Julio.
It is unclear what the man and woman's relation is to each other. Police have confirmed they are not married.
Police are now calling this a homicide have asked all residents in the apartment building to evacuate while they continue to investigate.
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