SWAT standoff ends with 81-year-old dead
HIALEAH, Fla. (WSVN) -- Police said an elderly man has died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound after a SWAT standoff that lasted several hours.
"At 81, I can't conceive anyone doing anything at 81, really," said neighbor Janet Rosillo.
After 20 years of living in this Hialeah neighborhood, Rosillo thought she'd seen it all. Just after 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, near East Seventh Avenue and 32nd Street, a dispute with 81-year-old Everardo Buznego and a school crossing guard ended with the elderly man firing shots at the woman with a BB gun.
Buznego then barricaded himself inside his home, refusing to answer to authorities. "Well, he doesn't come out, we force our way in with an arrest warrant that we've gotten from a judge now, and when we reach the door, he starts shooting at us," said Hialeah Police Detective Carl Zogby, "so now we've retreated back, and we are approaching this in a whole different way."
Hialeah Police evacuated several homes around Everardo Buznego's home as a precaution. They said they are quite familiar with him, responding to at least 30 calls to his house in the last several years. The situation raises concern for neighbors. "Yeah, I come home, see this, so I don't know what happened. I'm waiting here," said resident Jimi Almaguer.
Moments later, officers entered the home where they were met by Buznego's gunfire. It all ended with the 81-year-old dead in his home, from what is said to be a self-inflicted gunshot would. No one else was injured.
Fransisca Montes De Oca, the school crossing guard, suffered minor injuries but is recovering. "I don't think he was well in the head," Montes De Oca said.
On Wednesday morning, investigators were at the home wearing masks, citing the home to be unsafe. They believe Buznego poured motor oil on the floor and tried to set the house on fire. Only a small portion of the house went up in flames.
Police believe that Buznego does not have a criminal history, however, they note, the many police responses to Buznego's home in the past were a concern. "Very problematic, he's had problems with his neighbors for years," said Zogby.
Officials said he had prior confrontations with Montes De Oca. "I didn't pay any attention to him," Montes De Oca said. "He used to do it with all the neighbors. I think he was sick."
Montes De Oca said she will return to work. She also said she needs to be there for the children and is grateful no children were hurt.
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