10 witnesses to testify in Elton Bandoo status hearing

Man accused of shooting North Miami Beach police Officer Lino Diaz

MIAMI – A man accused of shooting a North Miami Beach police officer last month was back in court Tuesday for the second day of his status hearing.

Police said Elton Bandoo shot Officer Lino Diaz as the officer tried to serve a warrant relating to an ongoing federal investigation involving fraud.

The shooting happened Feb. 6 at a home at 16033 NE Eighth Ave.

On Monday, the lead detective in the sting took the stand, stating that investigators found several sheets of paper with names, Social Security numbers and date of births for about 200 people at the home. He said they also found a notebook with 700 to 1,000 names and Social Security numbers.

On Tuesday, more officers with the North Miami Beach Police Department are expected to testify, including 10 of whom witnessed the shooting.

Bandoo told police that he only grabbed his gun and started shooting after hearing loud bangs, and his mother screaming that they were being robbed.

Twenty officers, including the victim, testified Monday that they yelled for at least 30 seconds that they were serving a search warrant.

"I think we're dealing with someone who doesn't really care about shooting a police officer or someone else," said prosecutor Bill Howell.

Officer Nicole Moode, who was in front of the home with officers arrived, supported the officers' claim while taking the stand Tuesday.

"Could you hear clearly what they were saying in the police car on the street,?" the prosecutor asked.

"Yes, I did," said Moode.

"You said the knocking went on for a minute?" asked the prosecutor.

"I would say a minute or two," said Moode.

Bandoo is charged with attempted first-degree murder on a law enforcement officer. He has remained at the Turnerd Guilford Knight Correctional Center without bond since the shooting.

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