MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – A yellow tarp covered a man’s body late Thursday night after a police-involved shooting in southwest Miami-Dade.
The man, identified Friday as Daryl L. Jordan, 50, of Miami, had been suspected of stealing a bicycle and a sports utility vehicle. He was also accused of opening fire multiple times on civilians. He was shot dead by police outside of a market on Thursday afternoon.
Investigators say the chaotic scene began just after 1 p.m. when the suspect tried to steal a bike from the front of a bus. Someone tried to stop him, and the suspect fired a gun at that person, but did not hit them.
Jordan then took off to a Chevron gas station. Police said an employee at the gas station wouldn’t let him inside the convenience store.
“With his firearm in hand he attempted to enter the store of the gas station. Fortunately, the clerk was alert and didn’t allow him into the store,” Miami-Dade Police Director Freddy Ramirez said. “At that moment he got enraged and began firing his weapon again,” Ramirez said. “As my officers arrived on the scene he was firing his firearm. He commandeered a dealership vehicle that was being filled up and fled the area.”
The suspect took a Range Rover SUV from the gas station and drove to the First Stop Market at Southwest 173rd Terrace and Homestead Avenue, police say. He crashed the car into the outside of the market and then went inside.
When he came out of the store, police were waiting for him. After a standoff that last a few minutes, police shot Jordan.
“You had a situation here in plain daylight, someone acting in an active-shooter like environment, multiple scenes, firing his firearm. We’re very fortunate no one was hurt,” Ramirez said.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement will investigate the officers’ use of lethal force, which is standard.
Family members say Jordan suffered from mental illness.