A Kendall father shot by a much-reviled neighbor in a dispute over dog excrement has died, a Miami-Dade police source confirmed late Monday.
Jose Rey, 52, had been fighting for his life at Kendall Regional Medical Center since he was shot three times in the torso June 22.
His alleged assailant, Omar Rodriguez, 66, who residents say has terrorized three neighborhoods in Coral Gables and Kendall for decades, is in jail awaiting trial for attempted murder. He likely will be charged with murder.
The latest incident began when Rey walked his dog in front of Rodriguez’s son’s home near the corner of Southwest 97th Street and 103rd Avenue.
Witnesses told police Rodriguez followed in his car as Rey and his wife Lissette, who works in event marketing at the Miami Herald, walked their dog. He parked his car on a swale, flashed his lights and revved his engine, the arrest affidavit claims, then confronted Rey about the dog defecating on his son’s lawn.
Rodriguez’s attorney, Alan Ross, said Rey started the argument and came after Rodriguez with a knife, according to court records filed last week. Ross said officers found a knife on the ground near the shooting scene, although that is not mentioned in the arrest affadavit.
Since 2008, neighbors have filed more than 140 complaints with police about Rodriguez.