HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Hallandale Beach police identified the shoplifting suspect shot and killed by officers outside a busy restaurant on Thursday.
"But then they opened fire, 'Boom, boom, boom, boom, boom.' We went under the table," said Ken Adams, who witnessed the shooting.
It began as a shoplifting at the Walmart on Hallandale Beach Boulevard. Police said Eduardo Prieto was stealing clothing and DVDs when he was confronted by the store's loss prevention personnel. Employees said he had a gun and a knife, so when officers spotted his Lexus SUV, they chased Prieto and eventually had a standoff.
"They get out of the car, they draw their guns and they warned the guy, 'Get out of the car, get out of the car, get out of the car,'" said Adams.
Adams was sitting inside Acquo 124 on South Federal Highway when he said the driver pulled up and out of view so all he could see was the police. Hallandale Beach police have not said if Prieto brandished a weapon and there are no surveillance cameras outside the restaurant.
"But they did warn the guy two or three times before they opened fire. Obviously, the guy was not doing what they wanted because they were there for four or five minutes before they shot him," said Adams.
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