Man dead in Kendall apartment police-involved shooting

One man died in a police-involved shooting inside a Kendall apartment complex on Sunday, Miami-Dade police confirmed.

Officers arrived at Kendall’s Waterford Point Apartments at around 10:20 a.m. after getting a call about a “violent domestic dispute,” the department said in a statement late Sunday night. That’s when they were “met by the subject’s mother in the parking lot, who stated her son was under the influence of an unknown type of drug and was behaving violently.”

Police say the officers were able to communicate with the man, identified as 38-year-old Richard Cabrera. During the dialogue, cops said Cabrera revealed a gun and opened fire on police.

“The officers returned fire and tactically retreated from the apartment,” said Alvaro Zabaleta. “The Special Response Team (SRT) and hostage negotiators were summoned to respond to the scene. After unsuccessful attempts to communicate with the subject, SRT gained entry into the apartment and discovered the subject unresponsive and suffering from apparent gunshot wound(s), inside of the closet...One of the officers was treated and released on the scene for a minor injury.”

Cabrera was pronounced dead on the scene. It was still unclear Friday night whether the gunshot wound was self-inflicted or a result of police gunfire . Those details are pending a medical examiner’s report, Zabaleta said.

Nearly eight hours after Miami-Dade Police’s Special Response Team was called into the scene at 8960 SW 122nd Ave., homicide detectives accompanied by K-9 units were still taking photos of the unit within the manicured complex. The living-room blinds of the apartment unit involved looked completely mangled from the outside, where neighbors and other witnesses said they had heard “several” gunshots about 11 a.m.. Residents soon began Tweeting photos and video of Miami-Dade officers and SRT personnel at the apartments.

Monique O. Madan /

Authorities asked the public to avoid Southwest 122nd Avenue between 88th and 92nd Streets.

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