MIAMI — An obvious shoplifting incident at a Miami retailer parking zone Wednesday left a police officer with a gunshot wound and a second individual lifeless, authorities stated.
Manuel Gonzalez was working an off-obligation element in uniform to offer safety at a Walmart when he confronted the shoplifting suspect, Miami-Dade Police Director Juan Perez stated at a information convention. Gonzalez and David Facen exchanged photographs at shut vary and the officer was struck a number of occasions, Perez stated.
The fifty four-yr-previous Facen was killed by the officer. Tv information reviews confirmed a physique coated in a yellow plastic sheet between two automobiles within the parking zone. TV stories additionally confirmed the 31-yr-previous officer strolling with help into the emergency room of an area hospital.
“Our officer goes to be OK. Proper now, he’s in good spirits regardless of being shot a number of occasions,” Perez stated. “God was with him at the moment. I can’t emphasize that sufficient.”
Nobody else was injured though the shop and parking zone have been crowded with vacation consumers.
Gonzalez is a seven-yr veteran and is married with two youngsters, Perez stated. Perez added that Miami-Dade officers incessantly work off-obligation safety particulars at shops and malls to make extra cash in the course of the holidays, and to discourage shoplifting, automotive break-ins and different crimes.
“He was simply making an attempt to do his job,” Perez stated. “The risks are all the time on the market.”
The Florida Division of Regulation Enforcement will examine the case, because it does for all shootings involving Miami-Dade police.