Miami-Dade police open fire on axe-wielding homeowner


A man who used a pickaxe to break into his own home and was then shot by police remained in the hospital Tuesday afternoon.

Jason Alfonso O’Brien, 41, broke into a home on the 4000 block of Southwest 10th Street about 9:25 p.m. Monday, according to Miami-Dade police.

A call to 911 identified O’Brien as a burglary suspect. Miami-Dade county property records show that O’Brien owns the home he broke into.

O’Brien used a pickaxe to smash the windows in the back of the home, then reached his hand through the broken glass to unlock the door. A woman, her two young children, and two visiting relatives ran out the front of the house, according to the arrest report. It’s unclear if they are related to O’Brien.

O’Brien ran after them through the front door, screaming with his axe raised in the air.

He then smashed the windows of an orange Honda SUV parked in the driveway, causing more than $1,000 of damage to the vehicle that belongs to the resident of the home, police said.

When uniformed officers arrived, they found O’Brien, who they believe was a burglary suspect, still holding the pickaxe. He approached officers as they told him to drop the weapon. After ignoring their requests, a Miami-Dade police officer shot O’Brien.

He was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital were he remained in serious but stable condition Tuesday afternoon.

O’Brien was charged with aggravated assault, armed burglary, and criminal mischief, according to the arrest report.

The officer was not injured.

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