UPDATE II: A new longer video has surfaced along with an extended version of the first video. The newest video is the first of the videos below.
Miami Beach hosts Art Basel annually, a gathering of the jet set and who’s who of the art world, but blocks away Miami Beach police gunned down an alleged bank robber with their fully automatic weapons.
A witness caught the entire shooting in a short video that’s going viral as you can see below.
The apparently middle aged, bald white male appeared to be speaking with officers, when abruptly, the officer with an assault rifle fired multiple shots killing the man.
The video begins only seconds before it’s gruesome termination, so viewing discretion is advised.
Miami Beach police department officials released the following statement about the police shooting:
There was a 911 call at 1028 hours this morning reference a hold up alarm at 1414 Alton Road, Bank of America. The caller advised the subject was armed with a bomb and passed a note to the teller. PD responded and was advised the subject fled northbound on Alton Road. The subject was observed entering a barber shop at 1530 Alton Road. Police responded to 1530 Alton Road and observed the subject inside. The subject refused to exit the barber shop. The subject emerged with a straight edge razor in his hand. Shots were fired and the subject is deceased. Pursuant to departmental policy, Miami-Dade County Police Department will be investigating the shooting. The FBI and Miami Beach Police Department will be investigating the bank robbery. Alton Road is closed from 15 to 16 St reference the crime scene.
A careful viewing of the video doesn’t prove or disprove if the man had a straight razor.
It’s not known why an officer with an assault weapon drawn and aimed would feel his life was in danger, or why an officer would approach so closely if their lives were in danger from a blade.
The Miami Beach police department has announced an initiative to place body cameras on all police shortly, and we will follow up to see if these officers were wearing body cameras at the time of the shooting.
UPDATE: PINAC News has obtained this exclusive 30 second video of the incident with better image quality.
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