Police: Subject in chase, SWAT standoff, dead
WEST BROWARD, Fla. (WSVN) -- The suspect in the fatal shooting of two women in Southwest Miami-Dade has died, police said, following a SWAT standoff after a chase ended in a violent crash in Broward County.
Police received a call about a double shooting inside an efficiency at a home located off Southwest 124th Avenue and 190th Street, sometime after 9 a.m., Wednesday. When police and emergency crews responded to the scene they found one woman dead and the other wounded. The survivor was soon transported to Kendall Regional Hospital with critical injuries where she later died.
According to a neighbor, a mother and daughter were shot by the mother's disgruntled boyfriend. However, Miami-Dade Police have yet to confirm any relationship between those involved at the shooting scene. Officials only confirmed that the two victims are adult women. "At this point, it's too early to confirm the relationship of the two women that were here," said Miami-Dade Police Detective Alvaro Zabaleta. "We have not been able to talk to next of kin [to confirm whether] they are related. However, the information we do have is that this could be domestic-related."
Following a witness, police began to pursue the suspected shooter in a Mercedes-Benz sport utility vehicle. "One of the witnesses were able to give a description of the vehicle and a BOLO was issued," said Zabaleta. "Officers were able to locate a vehicle that matched the description of the suspect vehicle."
A chase ensued that passed Southwest Eighth Street on Krome Avenue and continued on US 27 northbound. The subject traveled at a high rate of speed, dodging vehicles and crashing into street signs.
The chase came to an end when the subject's vehicle collided into another vehicle at Griffin Road in West Broward. The other driver, a woman, was ejected from the vehicle and was later pronounced dead on the scene. "It's tragic," said Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel. "Our hearts go out to her and her family and the people in Miami-Dade County that got hurt."
As deputies approached the subject's vehicle, shots were fired from inside the vehicle. Officers quickly retreated and called for the SWAT team. Israel said as many as four SWAT teams worked in conjunction to respond to the crash site. These included teams from the Broward Sheriff's Office, Davie Police, Miami-Dade Police and Pembroke Pines Police.
Four armored SWAT vehicles arrived on the scene, surrounded the vehicle and shot out the back window. "Our SWAT team fired ... basically a baton," said Israel. "We fired that at the back window so as to see what was going on inside the vehicle, so our deputies can make a decision."
SWAT members discovered the subject dead inside. "Eventually SWAT operators entered the vehicle," said Israel. "The driver of the vehicle was deceased. It appeared to be from a gunshot wound."
Israel would not confirm if the subject died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. "There was a gunshot wound to the subject," he said. "The suspect is deceased."
US 27 northbound between Sheridan Street and Griffin Road remains shut down. All southbound lanes have been reopened.
The Broward Sheriff's Office has set up a mobile command post at the intersection of the crash.
Back at the scene of the original crime, police remain on scene as crime scene investigators continue to work the area. Just after 1 p.m., at a news conference near the shooting scene, Zabaleta explained what police know as the investigation continued. "The number of shots... it's too early to tell," he said. "They lived in an efficiency and [the shots were fired] inside the home."
Neighbors are beside themselves in disbelief of the news. Rebeca Capelo said she knew the mother and daughter. "I went to school with her daughter. I know them pretty well, and it's incredible to know that somebody that I was close to, that I live around was killed."
Clinton Woodson, a neighbor said, "I seen the Mercedes, and I told my wife, 'Mm, somebody got a brand new SUV. I see the temporary tags on it.' I try to pay attention to things that pass by here ... It's shocking to wake up and hear something like this. I hate to see this in any neighborhood."
Mike Rivas, another neighbor, reiterated Woodson's feelings. "It's shocking just to hear stuff like that. It makes you really, really think about who your neighbors are."
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