A Miami-Dade officer was forced to shoot and kill a man in Southwest Miami-Dade early Wednesday morning after finding the man’s wife fatally stabbed and after the man confronted the officer with a large knife, police said.
In what he described as a “horrific” scene, Miami-Dade Police Director Juan Perez said the 17-year veteran officer who shot and killed the man was the first to respond to a call for help inside the home in the Hammocks neighborhood of West Kendall. Police said the call for help came from inside the home and they believe it was from one of the couple’s two children, a teen and a young adult.
According to police, the caller said his mother was being killed by his father, who had a knife.
“It was an extremely violent situation where someone was potentially killing someone else,” Perez said. “The officer found a deceased person within seconds of making entry and then encountered someone with a knife.”
Perez said the couple’s children were not physically harmed and were working with victim advocates to help them cope.
Police were initially alerted to the incident in the gated Caribe Lakes community in the Hammocks at 3253 SW 154th St. just after 7 a.m. The veteran officer who shot and killed the husband was the only officer who fired a weapon, according to police.
Perez said the officer tried to save the man he shot by giving him CPR, but it did little to help. Police called it a domestic violence incident but didn’t say Wednesday what sparked the tragedy.
On Wednesday afternoon police identified the dead man and woman as Reinaldo Gonzalez, 51, and Marays Morejon, 49. The officer had not been named. Miami-Dade property records show the couple own the home together.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating the shooting.