Armed man shot, killed by officers at Hialeah shopping plaza, police say
Police say John Helvie had more weapons in car
HIALEAH, Fla. – Police said officers were forced to shoot an armed man in the parking lot of a Hialeah shopping plaza.
The police-involved shooting happened about 12:40 p.m. Monday at the Westland Commons shopping center.
Hialeah police spokesman Lt. Carl Zogby said someone called 911 to report an armed man in a parking lot.
Zogby said officers confronted John Wesley Helvie, 44, whose actions prompted them to open fire. Police said he was holding a rifle.
After the shooting, it was discovered Helvie had at least two additional firearms within his vehicle next to him, police said.
Helvie's body could be seen covered in a yellow tarp next to the green Camaro in which he arrived.
His intentions weren't immediately known.
Nobody was allowed in or out of the shopping plaza during the shooting investigation.
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