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MIAMI (AP) — A Miami police officer fatally shot a man holding a metal pipe in a downtown park where dozens of people were present Thursday, including several children, authorities said.

The shooting happened after officers responded to calls about a violent disturbance at Gibson Park, Miami Police Chief Rodolfo Llanes said. He said the man was shot when he refused to drop the pipe. The nature of the disturbance was not immediately clear.

Police said in a news release that the man was taken to a hospital, where he died.

Llanes said the Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating the shooting.

He added that several dozen people were in the park, many of them children, who may have witnessed what happened.

“I understand the anxiety that’s been created across the country from police-citizen interactions, but I would ask that everyone wait for the facts of the case and not make up your own story,” Llanes told reporters. “We will know what the facts of the case are.”

The chief added that the officer involved in the shooting, who is a 20-year veteran of the department, will be reassigned to administrative duties pending the investigation’s outcome.

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15 thoughts on “Miami Officer Fatally Shoots Man With a Metal Pipe in Park

  1. specialt757 on said:

    If cops stop responding to 911 calls, they are no longer cops, they will be ex-cops. That’s the whole reason why they are employed, protect and serve.

  2. specialt757 on said:

    And if the police is called for any incident where a black man is the “suspect” he’d better not show any type of aggression or his ass is grass. Shoot first, let he department deal with it, few indictments and even few convictions.

  3. MacBen on said:

    …prolly needed to be killed. The option of “shoot to wound” is based in Hollywood. If one truly feels the loss of life or limb lies in the balance, then deadly force is the only option. As a rule these days, expect someone to die if you call the cops.

  4. there are other options the choose to kill people of color or put them in jail .. then to protect and serve.. I pay for them to protect me but I feel like they have the right to do anything that the want.. we need more laws for these police office.. protect and serve not kill for a pipe and do not think he brought a pipe to a gun fright I’ am sure he did not know that this was a fright.. you
    fright with your hands not a gun

    • jhuf on said:

      Think of that some night when you’re walking to your car, “ok he doesn’t have a gun so I’m safe” as long as there’s no gun he can’t hurt me

  5. Ms Curly on said:

    I just want to know why they ALWAYS have to shoot to kill? It does not seem to matter if the person is armed or not. It is very hard for me to believe that there is never another option.

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