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82-year-old man shot and killed by Miami-Dade police had said he wanted a shootout

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An 82-year-old man was shot and killed by Miami-Dade police late Friday night after he barricaded himself in a bedroom with a gun and told his wife he wanted a shootout with police, authorities said.

Police responded to a domestic disturbance call around 10:40 p.m. Friday at 12700 SW 82nd Ave., where a woman and her adult son said that Theodore Brendecke had barricaded himself in a bedroom with a gun after drinking. The woman told police that he said he wanted a shootout to occur, and officers transported both to safety.

When officers tried to make contact with Brendecke, shots were fired, police said. Brendecke was struck and transported to Jackson South Community Hospital, where he was declared dead.

John Rivera, the president of Miami-Dade’s Police Benevolent Association, said that Brendecke “made comments he was going to shoot it out with the police. After SWAT officers rescued the wife and his son, apparently the gentleman was coming out with a firearm in his hand and posed the threat to the officers, and they were forced to shoot.”

Rivera added: “There were some words made to the effect that were indicative that he was going to kill or shoot it out with the cops.”

No officers were injured in the shooting. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating, police said.

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