Officer shoots at man with knife after dispute with mother allegedly turned violent

MIAMI, Fla. – The man who police say lunged at them with a knife has been charged with battery and assault on a law enforcement officer.

According to Miami Police, 23-year-old Fitzroy Haughton and his 58-year-old mother were fighting at a home at Northwest 5th Avenue and Northwest 56th Street on Friday when a family member called police.

When officers arrived around 8:37 p.m., Haughton was walking down the street with a knife, according to police.

He refused commands to put down the knife and then lunged at officers and that’s when one of the officers opened fire once, but did not hit Haughton, according to police.

There were no injuries.

Haughton has been charged with one count of simple battery and one count of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer.


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