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Man dies in police-involved shooting in West Miami-Dade

A man died Tuesday in a police-involved shooting in West Miami-Dade, the second such death this week.

The Tuesday shooting happened shortly before 3:45 p.m. at an apartment complex at 1907 SW 107th Ave.

Officers with Miami-Dade police’s General Investigations Unit had gone to the complex to follow up on an investigation of a case from Miami International Airport, police spokesman Detective Roy Rutland said.

They found an armed man in an apartment. A confrontation followed and at least two detectives fired their weapons, Rutland said..

What happened specifically that led the officers to fire was still under investigation Tuesday night.

PBA lawyers have spoken with the detectives involved, said John Rivera, president of the Police Benevolent Association. He said he believed the investigation would show the shooting was justified.

“They had every reason to fear that they would be killed if they did not act in the manner in which they did,” Rivera said.

Rutland said police also found a bullet-proof vest in the man’s car.

WPLG ABC 10 reported that the man’s family said he was a security guard at Miami International Airport. Miami-Dade police said late Tuesday they also had received that information and were trying to determine whether it was true.

The man, whose name was not released, was taken to Kendall Regional Medical Center, where he died.

It was the second police-involved shooting this week. On Sunday, one man was killed and a second was hurt at Flea Market USA, 3015 NW 79th St.

In that shooting, Miami-Dade police believed the men may have been connected to a home invasion robbery earlier in the day.

When officers approached the van the men were in, police said the driver hit the gas and rammed a police vehicle. Officers fired, and the van tried to get away, hitting other parked cars before it came to a stop, police said.

When asked whether he thought the department may get criticized about the recent police-involved shooting deaths, Rivera said critics should first experience what it is like to be an officer.

“This is a very dangerous town. There are more guns out here than there are lollipops,” Rivera said, “We’ve got some real violent bad people here who have no regard for other human life. Police officers are trained, paid and expected to act like these police officers acted today to keep the community and themselves safe.”