Miami-Dade officers were not wearing body cameras during fatal shooting, police say

Jamar Rollins, 21, shot after traffic stop


MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – Two Miami-Dade police officers involved in the fatal shooting of a 21-year-old man were not wearing body cameras during the incident, authorities said on Thursday.

Miami-Dade police Detective Alvaro Zabaleta told Local 10 News that the officers were plainclothes detectives who are not assigned body cameras.

According to authorities, Officer Andrew Garcia and Officer Jesus Coto were in the area Friday to prevent a reported retaliatory shooting when they saw the driver of a black Nissan Altima driving erratically in the 10100 block of West Indigo Street.

The officers pulled over the vehicle and the passenger fled on foot, police said.

Authorities said one of the officers began to run after the passenger, but encountered the driver, who they said was armed with a gun.

Shots were fired and the driver, Jamar Rollins, 21, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Multiple witnesses told Local 10 News that they saw Rollins with his hands up at the time of the shooting, but authorities said no one has reported that to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, which is investigating the shooting.

Officers are still searching for the passenger, identified as Devin Smith.

Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

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