Alex Suarez, a Miami International Airport security guard, was killed Tuesday in a police-involved shooting near his home on Southwest 107th Avenue in Miami-Dade, Florida, news sources indicate. The shooting occurred after an incident at the airport, reports say. Suarez, 47, was fired at and injured by two police officers. He was taken to Kendall Regional Medical Center to be treated for his injuries, but later died.
Reports say Suarez works as a security guard at the Miami International Airport. As part of his job, Suarez wears a bulletproof vest and a firearm, reports say. Sometime Tuesday, Suarez was involved in an incident at his work; however, reports were unable to provide any details regarding the incident. “There was in fact a crime that occurred at the airport, and this was the suspect of our crime, so they were following up, trying to locate him. When they did, that’s when the confrontation ensued and this man was in fact armed,” a police spokesperson told reporters.
Police tracked Suarez down to his home on the 1900 block of SW 107th Avenue, where they allegedly found him armed. A nearby witness said she heard 10 gunshots at that point. “I was walking my dog and I heard the shots. Then, I heard the lady screaming and he was ambushed by the cops and then all the sudden shots were fired,” she told reporters.
According to reports, two officers fired at Suarez, who may have been wearing a bulletproof vest and carrying a firearm at the time. The officers reportedly ambushed Suarez, however, it is unclear whether he returned fire or even drew his purported weapon during the shootout.
It is not clear whether the police department has launched an internal investigation into the incident or whether the police involved in the shooting will be suspended. An associate with the Police Benevolent Association called the officer’s actions “justified,” saying, “This is as close as it gets. This was a textbook case — justified. We’re just glad we’re not burying another officer in this community.”
Paramedics rushed Suarez to the Kendall Regional Medical Center, where he later died of his injuries. It is not yet known whether the two officers were injured.
In other news, Ana Gloria Garcia Gutierrez of Pinellas County, Florida was arrested recently after she was accused of riding a manatee in the surf, reports indicate. Gutierrez, 53, was booked into the Pinellas County Jail for violating the Florida Manatee Sanctuary Act, a second-degree misdemeanor charge. It is unclear whether she qualified for bail bond or hired a lawyer.
Reports say the alleged incident occurred on September 30 at Fort Desoto Park near St. Petersburg, Florida. According to reports, a woman, later identified as Gutierrez, was photographed riding on the back of a manatee, an endangered ocean mammal. Reports say the manatee is protected under the Florida Manatee Sanctuary Act, which restricts people from “annoying, molesting, harassing or disturbing” the creatures. Those who violate the act can be charged with a maximum second-degree misdemeanor charge.