Man killed in police-involved shooting in southwest Miami-Dade

Jorge Suarez-Ruiz dies after his family called for help

By Alexandra Fruin - Producer

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. - A man was killed after a shooting involving two Miami-Dade police officers Tuesday night in southwest Miami-Dade County.

Jorge Suarez-Ruiz, 51, was shot by officers after they were called to a home on Southwest 42nd Terrace near Southwest 160th Avenue about 9:40 p.m.

"This is a very quiet neighborhood, so hearing those gunshots out of nowhere really shocked us," neighbor Vilma Obando said.

According to Miami-Dade police, Suarez-Ruiz's family called for help when he began making verbal threats to harm himself and told officers that he was armed with a gun.

Police said Suarez-Ruiz left the home in a Toyota Camry before officers arrived, but officers found him nearby in his car. Police said Suarez-Ruiz led them back to his home.

When Suarez-Ruiz exited his car, there was a confrontation that led to shots being fired, police said.

According to Obando, at least five shots were fired at the man.

Suarez-Ruiz was pronounced dead at the scene. Police said a gun was recovered nearby. 

Neither officer was injured in the shooting. Their names have not been released, but police said one is a 14-year veteran of the Miami-Dade Police Department and the other is a six-year veteran. 

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating.

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