1 dead after police say man pointed flare gun at officers

HIALEAH, Fla. - A Hialeah man who police say fired a flare gun at officers was shot and killed by police Saturday afternoon.

At around 3 p.m. in the 1300 block of West 49th Place, someone called police when neighbors said Luis Enrique Nunez, 48, was acting erratically, even pulling the fire alarm. When officers arrived, they said the man was in the hallway, on the third floor with a flare gun. At some point the flare gun was fired and three officers opened fire. It is unclear who shot first.

"They murdered my brother, they shot him eight times in the chest," said Elsa Nunez, Luis' sister.

She said her brother has a long history of drug and alcohol abuse and was under the influence Saturday. She said he called family members before police arrived. Nunez came to the apartment to try to reason with her brother. She said police would not let her talk to him. Then she heard a barrage of bullets being fired in the hallway.

The man who relatives said was shot and killed by police, Luis Enrique Nunez and his girlfriend, Francia Melendez

Nunez said police should not have killed her brother because he only had a flare gun. Hialeah police say flare guns can be extremely dangerous.

"A flare gun will kill you," said Hialeah Police Chief Mark Overton. During the incident one Hialeah officer hurt his hand; it was either from a bullet ricochet or from the flare gun. He is expected to fully recover.

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