A man shot his ex-girlfriend in her Boynton Beach house before hopping in his car, leading officers to North Miami-Dade and then putting a bullet in his head as he was driving near Interstate 95, police said.
The violent end was one of two deadly sagas within a few miles of each other Sunday morning.
The drama that started in Palm Beach County ended with a journey down I-95 before the driver shot himself and crashed on Ives Dairy Road at Northeast Fourth Avenue, according to Boynton Beach police. In the other incident in nearby Miami Gardens, a reportedly mentally ill man died in a police-involved shooting that injured an officer.
In Boynton Beach, the suspect shot a former girlfriend and was followed by police on southbound I-95 through Broward and into Northeast Miami-Dade. Once off the highway, he shot himself in the head and crashed, police said.
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The violence ignited in a gated community in Boynton Beach when police say that the man, identified as 44-year-old Samori Kwame Walden of Northwest Miami-Dade, shot 35-year-old Jyrece McClendon in her home before taking off in his blue 2005 Acura as officers arrived.
“The suspect showed up unannounced to McClendon's residence in an attempt to reconcile. McClendon was not interested in a reconciliation,” said Stephanie Slater, a Boynton Beach police spokeswoman.
Officers issued a “Be On the Lookout” bulletin. Deputies spotted the car in Broward and followed.
The chase ended before 8 a.m. when Walden crashed. He was heading west on Ives Dairy Road when his car went over the median, took out a palm tree and hit a wall on the opposite side of the street, according to Miami-Dade police. Investigators spent hours Sunday morning trying to cut his body out of the crumpled car.
“The subject lost control, struck a tree and landed to the side of the wall there,” Lt. John Jenkins of Miami-Dade police said.
Miami-Dade police, the Broward Sheriff’s Office and Boynton Beach police converged at the crash site and investigated the events well into Sunday afternoon.
Police said they did not shoot at the car or at Walden.
“The cause of the crash is still under investigation,” Jenkins said.
McClendon was being treated at a Delray Beach hospital for non-life-threatening injuries, police said.
A couple of hours earlier, a suspect identified as Lavall Hall died in a police-involved shooting in Miami Gardens. Two Miami Gardens officers were injured and one was taken to Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood, Police Chief Stephen Johnson said.
The call came in about 5 a.m. Sunday at Northwest 192nd Street and Second Avenue.
“The individual failed to comply with our officers’ verbal instructions and, instead, engaged them in a physical altercation using an object,” according to a police statement. “As a result, the individual was shot and subsequently died on scene.”
Johnson said when police arrived, Hall “had an object in his hands and he used the object to strike the officers.”
“He was not obeying the officers’ commands,” the chief said.
Johnson said two officers suffered cuts. One was treated at the scene and another was taken to the hospital, where he was treated and released.
That suspect’s mother told Miami Herald news partner CBS4 that the man suffers from mental problems and police were called to help bring him back home.
“I called the police this morning to ask them to please help me with my child,” Catherine Daniels said. She said her son had left the house with a piece of a broom.
“When I went around the corner to help my child,” she said, “all [the police] had to do was take my child because he’s got a mental problem and they killed my child, took my child away from me.”
Miami Herald staff writer Carli Teproff contributed to this report.