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A Dozen Officers Involved in Fatal South Miami Beach Holiday Shooting

May 31, 2011  | 

More than 24 hours removed from a frightening pre-dawn police chase and shooting on South Beach that left a driver dead, four bystanders wounded, and three officers injured, a number of questions remain.

Chief among them: Why police didn't find a gun inside the bullet-riddled car, despite reports to investigators that shots rang out from inside the vehicle.

Sgt. Alejandro Bello, president of the Miami Beach Fraternal Order of Police, said a dozen officers - eight from Miami Beach and four from outside the department - were involved in the confrontation with the still unidentified driver and the subsequent shooting.

Bello said he couldn't discuss specifics because of the ongoing investigation, but said the officers acted responsibly when they fired a barrage of bullets into the driver's car after he allegedly struck an officer with his car and then tried to run over other officers during a reckless three-block chase. "I'm confident that my officers and all officers involved acted appropriately," Bello said. "We're getting information that this guy was armed or that there was a shooting going on."

Source: Miami Herald


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Tom @ 5/31/2011 5:27 PM

Police work in big cities has become more like patrol duty in Iraq. If something goes wrong the police are the first ones to be blamed. All the evidence needs to come in before making any conclusions.

michael @ 5/31/2011 6:07 PM

Well, when you put abunch of AH's, Police Haters and animals with one objective to cause chaos at this event what the hell do they expect. I love it when these groups get involved about racial profiling, over reactive police officers etc....Lets just blame the police because its all their fault. The city needs to back up the cops here and change some rules if this event is going to be allowed again. I'm sick of hearing this groups tell us that it's our fault that these animals can't control themselves. Thank God I don't work for this FU dept. it's a no win situation for the cops.

scpdblue @ 6/1/2011 9:28 AM

michael @ 5/31/2011 6:07 PM comment is 100% on the money. Way to go michael. 5 stars... I have been doing this job for close to 20 years and in those years after Rodney King it has gotten worse to be a white L.E.O.'s,with cries of racism,racial profiling,the ACLU and the NAACP wanting to sue so that they can keep their doors open and its only going to get worse now that we have a invasion of ILLEGAL ALIENS demanding rights,soon they will be a NAAHP . also Tom @ 5/31/2011 5:27 PM comment is also correct...

FUK_IAB @ 6/1/2011 10:05 PM

Fatally shot by police was Raymond Herisse, 22, of Boynton Beach. Inside the blue, four-door Hyundai he was driving, police said, they found a black Berretta 92-F semiautomatic pistol that was out of plain sight.

Miami Beach Police Chief Carlos Noriega, concerned about the publicity surrounding the shooting, late Wednesday called the gun's discovery "great news."

Also this driver should have never been behind the wheel of a car. This suspect had numerous suspensions on his drivers license and was considered a Habitual Felon according to his driving record..he had two open Traffic cases pending in Broward County when shot by Police.

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