MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A 17-year-old teenager is in custody after the Miami-Dade Police Special Response Team executed a gun warrant and shots were fired.
Miami-Dade Police said the teenager was not only armed, but was also on probation for a gun charge that took place last year.
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The teenager’s mother, Carla Vasquez, took CBS4’s Peter D’Oench for an exclusive tour of her home on NW 22nd Ave. and 48th St. across from Brownsville Middle School and spoke about the incident that happened around 5:50 am.
She showed CBS4 damage to one of her walls and a bullet hole on the 2nd floor.
“Four shots were fired by the police,” she said. “They just said they had a search warrant. I don’t know why and where it came from. If they had knocked on the door, I would have let them because I have nothing to hide. If my son had pointed a gun at them, he would have died. As far as I know, he had no weapons. I have the impression that it was not necessary. I realize the police have a job to do but it was overloading. They took my 17 year old and I don’t know what’s going on.
No one was injured and police said the teenager did not shoot them. They said they recovered a weapon.
Miami-Dade Police Detective Alvaro Zabaleta said: “Once the Special Response Team gained access, they were confronted by armed minors and shots were fired.”
He said the police convinced the youth to surrender after barricading himself on the second floor.
His mother said, “He didn’t barricade himself. He was sleeping at the time.
Zabaleta said: “We have discovered that this individual is on probation for a firearms charge which took place this year.”
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Zabaleta said he could not say how many shots were fired or if other weapons were recovered.
At least 9 people were inside the house. Vasquez said she was there with her 17-year-old son and his girlfriend and 17-year-old nephew and her 1-1 / 2 and 3-month-old grandsons and two daughters, who are 23 and 21. years old, and his grandmother.
It will be up to the Miami State Attorney’s Office to decide whether the teenager will be prosecuted as an adult.
He faces charges of aggravated assault of a law enforcement officer, possession of a weapon by a convicted criminal, tampering with physical evidence and robbery.
Steadman Stahl, president of the South Florida PBA, told D’Oench it was a reminder of how dangerous it can be to execute search warrants.
“It is a very dangerous job,” he said. “For them, being confronted with someone with a gun is an officer’s worst fear. My advice to bad guys is that if you point a gun at an officer, I can promise you there will be retaliation. These are incredible times we are living in right now and just over the past couple of weeks with the number of shootings involving the police. “
Stahl vividly remembers what happened on January 20, 2011 when Miami police officer Armando Haworth, 44, and Miami-Dade police officer Roger Castillo, 41, were shot dead while performing a arrest warrant for a career criminal. Their names appear on a bench outside Miami-Dade Police Headquarters in Doral, next to a haunting butterfly garden.
Stahl said police were on guard after a few recent incidents.
On October 17, Hollywood cop Yandy Chirino was shot and killed in an altercation with Jason Banegas, an alleged 18-year-old burglar.
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On October 22, Doral police entered a shootout with 25-year-old Yordany Perez who was killed. Johnny Beautelus, 31, was shot in the chest, arm and leg. He was wearing a bulletproof vest and it may have saved his life. Daniel Vilarchao, 21, was injured by shrapnel or shards of glass.