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Police name detective who fatally shot suspect in Florida City

Detective in Florida City opens fire, killing suspect

Two detectives conducting a criminal investigation in Florida City confronted the man they were looking for, before one of the officers opened fire and shot the man dead.
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Two detectives conducting a criminal investigation in Florida City confronted the man they were looking for, before one of the officers opened fire and shot the man dead.

Miami-Dade police on Monday named the Florida city detective who cops say shot and killed a man as he and another detective conducted a criminal investigation at an apartment complex in the city.

The detective is 33-year-old Frantz Hardy, who has been on the force for three years, police said.

The shooting, inside Apartment 4 at 1406 NW Second Ave., happened at about 1 p.m. Wednesday. Police identified the shooting victim as 23-year-old Juvon Simon.

"When they got there, he was there. A confrontation ensued and shots were fired," said Miami-Dade detective and police spokesman Alvaro Zabaleta.

Zabaleta said police were looking for the suspect before the shooting. It wasn't immediately clear what the officers were looking into or why the officer fired his weapon. Police said after searching the property a gun was recovered. They didn't say what make or model.

A woman who identified herself as Youseline Simon said she was the shooting victim's mother.

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Family members provided photos of Juvon Leroy Simon, 23, whom they identified as the man killed during a police-involved shooting on Wednesday, May 30, 2018. Miami-Dade police said a man was shot dead by a Florida City police detective during an investigation at a residential complex in Florida City. Pedro Portal pportal@miamiherald.com

She told WPLG Channel 10 that the shooting happened just after 1 p.m., because she was on a computer and noticed the time.

"As soon as he got out I heard the gunshot," she told the television station. "And I went outside and said, 'Why did they shoot somebody?' "

Miami-Dade detectives, who will be conducting an investigation into the shooting, arrived at the scene at about 3 p.m. The body was still there when they arrived.

The shooting was the second of the day involving a South Florida police department. Earlier Wednesday, a Coral Springs police officer shot and injured the driver of a white BMW that police said had been involved in a shootout with another car.



Miami Herald Staff Writer Carli Teproff contributed to this report.
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