Robbery suspect shot dead outside attorney's home
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MIAMI SHORES, Fla. (WSVN) -- Miami-Dade Police are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred at the home of a prominent South Florida attorney.
Miami Shores Police received a call about the shooting outside the home near Northeast 92nd Street and North Bayshore Drive at around 3 p.m., Saturday. According to property records, the home is registered to Attorney Jeffrey Davis.
According to Miami-Dade Police, a man walked onto the dock in the backyard of Davis' home and tried to steal a WaveRunner. The thief reportedly used an extension cord to operate a lift and lower the WaveRunner into the water. Police said either Davis' wife or his teenage son, who were the only people home at the time, confronted the thief and felt threatened by the crook.
The robber said he had a gun, according to authorities, and someone in the home shot and killed the suspect. Miami-Dade Police Detective Roy Rutland said, "It does appear that he made some threat that he was armed, and it does appear that that was exactly when the person in the home, we don't know if it was the mother or this teenager, shot and killed him. It does appear that he was making threats to harm whoever was in this home who shot him."
The suspect's body fell into the water behind the Davis family's home. Fire rescue personnel retrieved the body. Police divers looked in Biscayne Bay for any clues related to the incident.
Police are still unsure about who fatally shot the suspect: Davis' wife or his son. However, Florida's self-defense laws state that if a homeowner has a legitimate fear for his or her safety, he or she can use lethal force to protect life and property.
Meanwhile, neighbors in the area are shaken up by the ordeal. "I feel bad for them as a neighbor. I just, my heart goes out, because I have kids," said neighbor Juliet Suman.
Another neighbor said, "I'm glad it happened in the middle of the day. This is still just all sinking in."
Back in 2009, an armed robber targeted the Davis family. Since then, the family has been living in fear. According to published reports, the attorney said he installed surveillance cameras and panic buttons in his home.
Miami-Dade homicide detectives continue to investigate the shooting. Miami-Dade Police do believe the suspect gained access to the Davis' property when he was dropped off by someone on a watercraft.
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