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2 Opa-locka police officers involved in fatal shooting

Police say man had object in hand, cracked windshield of police car

OPA-LOCKA, Fla. – A 25-year-old man was shot and killed Wednesday morning by two Opa-locka police officers after he refused to follow their commands and cracked the windshield of a patrol car, police said.

Assistant city manager David Chiverton said two officers fired the fatal shots.

Family and friends identified the man as Cornelius Brown.

"That's my nephew. That's my sister's baby boy," Audrey Brown told Local 10 News. "She don't want to speak to nobody right now. She's hurting right now, and all she wants to know is what happened to her son."

Chiverton said it started with a 911 call about a man behaving erratically at Northwest 135th Street and Northwest 32nd Avenue. He said officers saw the man with something in his hands and using that object to crack the windshield of a patrol car.

"He's schizophrenic, and it's a broomstick that he walks around with," Audrey Brown said. "Everybody around here (knows) that."

Chiverton said a Taser was first used on the man, who died at the scene.

One of the officers involved in the confrontation was taken to a hospital for medical reasons.

It is the seventh police-involved shooting in Miami-Dade County since Friday. Miami-Dade police were involved in five of the shootings, and a South Miami police officer was involved in another.

The Miami-Dade Police Department is investigating the shooting.

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