Man shot dead on Miami street in cellphone robbery

When a Miami man refused to turn over his cellphone to two teenage robbers Monday evening, he was shot and killed on the spot, Miami police said.

Jerry Wayne Sherrell, 54, was in the area of 282 NE 54th St., only a block from his home, when he was approached by two teenagers.

According to police, the two were looking to rob someone. They spotted Sherrell on his cellphone at about 11:30 p.m. Monday and approached him, police said.

One teenager, who police later identified as Gregory Cooper, 16, allegedly demanded that Sherrell hand over his phone. Police said that the other held Sherrell at gunpoint. When Sherrell resisted, the second teenager shot him several times, police said.

Witnesses said they saw the two running off. Sherrell was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center, where he was confirmed dead.

Police later apprehended Cooper, who was charged with first-degree murder.

According to a police report, Cooper admitted to being involved with planning the robbery, trying to take the victim’s phone from his pocket and being present while the victim was killed.

He said it was the second teenager, known as “Chuck,” who shot the victim.

Police are still searching for him.

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