Man fatally shot by Miami-Dade police had stolen gun, search warrant reveals

FDLE report describes moment when detectives realized Jamar Rollins had gun

Jamar Rollins, 21, was fatally shot Dec. 30 by Miami-Dade police
Jamar Rollins, 21, was fatally shot Dec. 30 by Miami-Dade police

MIAMI – Search warrants reveal that a 21-year-old man who was shot and killed by police during a traffic stop last month was armed with a stolen gun.

In a newly filed search warrant, investigators described the fatal encounter between Jamar Rollins and Miami-Dade police Detective Andrew Garcia in the community of West Perrine.

"As Detective Garcia approached the open front passenger door of 'the vehicle,' his attention was drawn to the driver," Florida Department of Law Enforcement Special Agent Dean Wellinghoff wrote in the report. "Detective Garcia engaged Rollins and subsequently discharged his firearm, striking Rollins several times, resulting in Rollins' death."

The warrants also describe the moment when detectives realized that Rollins was armed with a gun. 

"Immediately after being shot by Detective Garcia, Rollins was observed by Detective (Jesus) Coto exiting the driver's side of 'the vehicle' and throwing a firearm in the process," Wellinghoff added.

Court documents confirm that Rollins had a stolen Glock 19 handgun. It's unclear if Rollins fired the gun.

The Dec. 30 shooting death of Rollins sparked a firestorm on social media, prompting Miami-Dade Police Director Juan Perez to call a town hall meeting, where some witnesses and relatives of Rollins claimed that he was getting out of the vehicle with his hands up when he was fatally wounded.