Cop shoots man dead in Liberty Square after traffic stop goes bad

A man was shot and killed by police inside the Liberty Square housing project Monday night after trying to escape from an officer who was trying to take him into custody on an outstanding arrest warrant, police said.

The shooting at Northwest 68th Terrace and 15th Avenue happened after police pulled a red Nissan over for some type of unexplained traffic infraction, then discovered the two men inside the car were wanted by police for earlier crimes.

Miami-Dade Police Detective Alvaro Zabaleta said when one of the men ran, an officer gave chase and police set up a perimeter. During some type of altercation, an officer shot the man who was transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The other man in the vehicle was taken into custody and arrested. It wasn’t clear late Wednesday why either man was wanted and police did not release either man’s name. Police also wouldn’t say what type of traffic infraction induced officers to pull the men over.

It also wasn’t immediately clear if the man was shot by one of the officers who made the initial stop of the vehicle. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement will investigate any possible criminal wrongdoing during the shooting.

The shooting happened around 9 p.m. The police officer involved in the shooting was working for a specialized unit inside the city of Miami. Police did not say what the man shot by police did that forced the officer to fire his weapon. They also didn’t say if a weapon was recovered.

After locating the man within the established perimeter, “a confrontation occurred,” said Zableta. “Shots were fired.”

A woman claiming to be the shooting victim’s girlfriend, said her boyfriend’s name was Anthony Ford. She said her boyfriend called her from the car before the altercation with police.

“Every time I see this on the news I just hope it’s not me,” she told WPLG Channel 10. “And look, it’s me.”

Only an hour earlier, two men were shot less than a mile away. Miami police said two adult males were standing outside a home in the 1200 block of Northwest 51st Terrace, when another man approached them and opened fire.

One man was shot in the thigh. The other in the face. Both were in stable condition at Jackson, Miami police said. The shooter was still loose late Wednesday night and police didn’t have a motive.

Police don’t believe the two shootings are related.