Security guard shoots sword-wielding man at Miami supermarket


Miami Herald Staff

A sword-swinging suspect took on a gun-toting security guard in a Miami supermarket.

The guard got bopped in the head. The suspect got shot.

Both ended up in the hospital after the violent encounter late Wednesday at the Presidente Supermarket, 500 SW Eighth St. in Miami.

According to police, 43-year-old Hector Rivaflecha Hechavarria, holding a "long knife," walked into the store and made death threats to several customers. The armed guard intervened after seeing the man confronting a woman, police said.

Ninoska Aranglubel, 32, was injured in the confrontation.

"The armed man turned to the security guard and hit him over the head," Miami police spokeswoman Kenia Reyes said. "The armed security guard discharged his firearm striking the armed suspect several times."

Hechavarria and the security guard, 47-year-old Jose Antionio Mendoza, were taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Unit.

Hechavarria, in critical condition, was charged with one count of murder/premeditated/attempt/with a deadly weapon (sword).

The security guard had minor head injuries and was in stable condition.

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