A suspect remained on the loose Saturday when a SWAT team responding to a what they thought was a barricade situation found the man had left the home.
Miami-Dade officers went in the home on the 10000 block of Southwest 69th Terrace Friday afternoon after learning there might be an armed man inside refusing to leave his home.
Police said the incident began as a domestic dispute between the man, Carlos Guerrero, 36, and his brother. When the rescue squad arrived, they saw Guerrero run toward the house. When police couldn’t make contact with Guerrero, they were concerned he might be barricaded inside and a danger to himself or the community.
“We learned that he is a veteran and there were firearms inside the house,” said Miami-Dade Police Det. Alvaro Zabaleta. “So now, of course, when you add to the formula an individual who has firearms inside the house, refuses to come out, who’s already had a physical confrontation with somebody, then of course that escalates things a little bit.”
Police taped off several blocks surrounding the home and kept dozens of neighbors out of their homes for more than five hours. Other neighbors who were inside before the SWAT team arrived were told to remain inside.
Melissa Morejon was outside the police tape while her mother and son were inside.
“He tried going out earlier but they wouldn’t let her out of her house. They told her to go right back in,” she said.
Morejon spent much of the evening on the phone with her mom who kept her updated on the situation.
“She heard the police trying to negotiate,” Morejon said.
Police are searching for Guerrero to find out what happened. Although neighbors were displaced for hours, police said they had to take every precaution to keep people safe. Miami Herald writer Margaux Herrera contributed to this report.