Gunman who shot off-duty Miami-Dade corrections officer sought

Police: Juan Guellmes shot once in stomach, once in shoulder

MIAMI – The off-duty corrections officer shot in front of his home Friday night has been identified as 51-year-old Juan Guellmes.

Guellmes is still being treated at Kendall Regional Medical Center and is in stable condition, while police hope that new information they've obtained will lead to an arrest.

Police said at least one suspect, possibly more, armed with a black handgun ripped Guellmes' gold chain from his neck, but they said he fought back.

"He was cleaning his car, detailing his vehicle, when multiple subjects approached him. They were trying to rob him. They were able to take some personal property and they shot him multiple times," said Miami-Dade Police Detective Alvaro Zabaleta.

Guellmes was shot once in the stomach and once in the shoulder and was airlifted to Kendall Regional Medical Center.

Miami-Dade police described the gunman as a black male who is 5 feet 8 inches tall with a medium build. Police said he wore a black baseball hat, a black hoodie and black baggy pants.

"We didn't get to see his face, but we saw him jumping the fence," said a witness who only wanted to be identified as Tony.


Police said the suspect fled north on SW 109th Avenue. They believe he could've been dropped off in a dark gray or silver Ford Taurus with damage on the drivers side.

Anyone with information regarding the gunman or shooting is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS (8477) or 866-471-8477. Tipsters may be eligible for a reward up to $1,000 if the tip leads to the gunman's arrest. Police said all calls are kept anonymous.