Police shoot at armed teen while serving warrant in Brownsville, authorities say

17-year-old taken into custody

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – A 17-year-old boy was arrested Thursday morning after he confronted officers with a gun inside a home in Miami-Dade County, authorities said.

The incident occurred around 5:50 a.m. in the area of Northwest 48th Street and 23rd Avenue in Miami-Dade’s Brownsville neighborhood.

According to authorities, the police department’s SWAT team responded to the home after a warrant was obtained to search the residence for firearms.

Miami-Dade Police Detective Alvaro Zabaleta said officers were confronted by the armed teen inside the home and at least one officer fired their weapon.

Zabaleta said the teen then barricaded himself on the second floor of the home before officers were able to apprehend him.

“Negotiating with our Special Response Team members, they were able to convince him to come down and surrender without incident,” he said.

Sky 10 was above the area as the house was blocked off with crime scene tape.


A Local 10 News crew spotted a woman in handcuffs being escorted to a police SUV followed by an officer holding a toddler, however Zabaleta said only the teen was arrested. It’s unclear what the woman’s involvement in the situation was.

According to Zabaleta, multiple people were inside the home when the shooting occurred, but no one was injured.

He said the teen who allegedly confronted officers is currently on probation for gun-related charges that were brought against him earlier this year.

A 17-year-old boy was taken into custody Thursday morning following a police-involved shooting in Brownsville.

The teen’s identity has not yet been released.

Zabaleta confirmed that at least one gun has been recovered at the scene, and said a secondary search of the home would be done.

A nearby school had parents drop their children off in the rear of the school due to the police activity in the area. The incident had no further effect on school operations.

“If we know that there’s firearms or any activity involving firearms near a school, near students, that’s when we as community members have to step forward,” Zabaleta said.

Further details about the investigation have not been released.

WATCH BELOW: Miami-Dade police detective provides update on officer-involved shooting.

About the Authors:

Amanda Batchelor is the Digital Executive Producer for Local10.com.

Annaliese Garcia joined Local 10 News in January 2020. Born and raised in Miami, she graduated from the University of Miami, where she studied broadcast journalism. She began her career at Univision. Before arriving at Local 10, she was with NBC2 (WBBH-TV) covering Southwest Florida. She's glad to be back in Miami!