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Miami Police-Involved Shootings Under Investigation

The Miami Herald via YellowBrix

August 16, 2010

MIAMI – Police Sunday investigated two police-involved shootings in different parts of South Florida.

And in a third case, police searched for a person who fired at a K-9 officer.

On Sunday, police identified the man shot dead a day earlier by Miami police as Gibson Junior Belizaire, 21, of Miami.

Police said that on Saturday they responded to a home after receiving a report of domestic violence. But as officers arrived, Belizaire drove away in an older-model gold Jaguar.

The officers put out a be-on-the-lookout alert, and another officer spotted Belizaire near Northwest Second Avenue and 62nd Street in Little Haiti.

Belizaire stopped, got out of the car and began firing at officers, police spokesman Detective Willie Moreno said. Police returned fire and the man ran away.

Police closed down the area. Belizaire ran behind the Tripod Collision and Repair Shop at Northwest Second Avenue and 62nd Street. A few hours passed before there was another exchange of gunfire, which left Belizaire dead, Moreno said.

On Sunday, yellow tape marked the area at the back of the repair shop where Belizaire was shot.

No officers were injured.

In Broward about 2 a.m. Sunday, police said a knife-wielding man confronted a Davie police officer near Southwest 73rd Terrace and Nova Drive. The man, who was not immediately identified, refused to drop the knife when the officer ordered him to do so. The officer then fired, striking him in the upper torso, police said.

The man was taken to Broward General Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale with serious injuries.

A half hour later, in Miami-Dade County, someone opened fire on a K-9 officer responding to a call for help from other officers after a burglary near Northwest 107th Street and 12th Court.

Neither the officer nor his dog was injured, Miami-Dade police said. Police searched the area and additional K-9 officers were called.

As an officer searched nearby, the burglar opening fire on him at Northwest 105th Terrace and 12th Avenue, police said. The officers called for additional help. A Miami-Dade special-response team was called to "extricate’’ the officer and his dog and continued their search. But the burglar got away.

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