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Second man arrested in shooting of an off-duty Doral police officer

Off-duty Doral cop shot in armed robbery at his Palmetto Bay home

An off-duty Doral police officer was shot in Palmetto Bay late Tuesday night during an armed robbery outside his home, according to Miami-Dade police.
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An off-duty Doral police officer was shot in Palmetto Bay late Tuesday night during an armed robbery outside his home, according to Miami-Dade police.

Miami-Dade police arrested a second man Thursday night in the armed robbery and shooting of an off-duty Doral police officer in the driveway of his Palmetto Bay home on Tuesday night.

Detectives charged Demetrius Jones, 23, with attempted second-degree murder, armed robbery, aggravated battery on a person 65 years or older, and armed burglary.

According to the arrest report, Doral police officer Lt. Gary King, 70, identified Jones, who is also known as Meech, from a photo lineup. Jones was found at his mother’s house in South Miami-Dade and is being held at Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center with no bond.

Jones’ arrest follows that of Kionne Bell, 22, who was also charged Wednesday with attempted second-degree murder, armed robbery, aggravated battery on a person 65 years or older and armed burglary.

Late Tuesday night, King and his wife, Elaine, were returning to their home in Palmetto Bay after stopping at a Home Depot and having dinner at an Outback Steakhouse near The Falls. King believed that they were being followed by the men who were in a red Toyota Camry. When the couple pulled into their driveway, King didn’t see the car, but they were soon accosted by two men after they got out of the car.

According to the arrest report, Elaine King had gone into the house to shut off the alarm. The two men then approached the officer. Bell punched King in the face and in a struggle for King’s gun the weapon went off and hit the officer in the right forearm, police said. King’ wife came out of the house after hearing the commotion. Jones chased her, threw her to the ground, punched her in the face, and stole her Rolex from her right wrist.

Both men then fled in the red car, which was seen on surveillance video from the scene. Surveillance video earlier that evening from the Home Depot and Outback restaurant also showed the same car with the two men.

Palmetto Bay police, joined by officers from Doral, and police helicopters, soon descended on the usually quiet South Miami-Dade neighborhood in search of the suspects.

King was released Thursday from Jackson Memorial South after surgery.

Howard Cohen: 305-376-3619, @HowardCohen

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