Miami-Dade County

Off-duty corrections officer hospitalized after being shot outside his South Dade home

An off-duty corrections officer is in stable condition after being shot outside his home Friday night during an armed robbery.

Juan Guellmes, a 28-year veteran of the Miami-Dade Corrections and Rehabilitation Department, was cleaning his car at his home near Southwest 184th Street and 108th Avenue at about 7:15 p.m. when several armed men approached and shot him multiple times, according to police.

“I looked down at him; he’s on the ground, in the front door, bleeding, yelling to call 911,” Bernice Velez-Martinez, Guellmes’ girlfriend, told WSVN-7.

“As I look up, I see the person with the gun.”

The television station reported that the suspect hit Guellmes, 51, in the arms, shoulder and stomach.

He was airlifted to Kendall Regional Trauma Center, where he had surgery on Friday night.

Velez-Martinez said that the suspect was able to steal a chain around Guellmes’ neck.

He is set to have surgery again on Sunday.

Late Saturday, police released more details about the shooting.

They said the alleged gunmen were carrying a black handgun and took a gold chain from the victim’s neck. That prompted a fight among the victim and the gunmen. Several shots were fired, with the victim being shot twice, once in the stomach and once in the shoulder.

The gunmen then fled northbound on SW 109th Avenue. Police say they may have then been dropped off in the area in a dark gray or silver Ford Taurus that had damage to the driver’s side.

Anyone with information about the incident is urged to contact CrimeStoppers at 305-417-8477 or 866-471-8477.

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