MIAMI SHORES, Fla. – Several police vehicles were at the scene of an officer-involved shooting in Miami-Dade County late Monday afternoon.
It happened in a quiet residential neighborhood in Miami Shores, near the intersection of Northwest 95th Street and 1st Avenue.
Officers responded to a disturbance call at a home that Miami Shores police said they had been to before.
A yellow tarp could be seen covering a body outside the front of the home, near the street.
According to Miami Shores police, the victim is a woman in her 40s who has a history of mental illness.
Police said the firearm she was holding was a black pellet pistol. She pointed it in the direction of responding officers, according to Miami Shores police.
“The weapon was pointed toward the officer. The officer felt for his safety and fired at the victim,” said Miami Shores Police Chief Kevin Lystad. “I know there was some dialogue as far as the weapon and dropping the weapon.”
Miami-Dade police officers were also at the scene assisting Miami Shores police.
Family members identified the woman as 48-year-old Etianna Planellas. They told Local 10 News Planellas was intoxicated when she came outside, and that she was shot in front of her elderly mother.
Family and loved ones who were there are calling the actions by the police abusive and excessive.
A neighbor who also lives on Northwest 95th Street told Local 10 News he heard what sounded like rapid gunfire.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating, which is standard when it comes to police-involved shootings.
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