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Couple dead in murder-suicide in South Miami-Dade

Ring doorbell footage captures Miami-Dade police negotiating with gunman

Ring doorbell footage captures Miami-Dade police negotiators trying to talk the gunman into surrendering, Monday, Sept. 10, 2018 near South West 117th Avenue and 240th street.
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Ring doorbell footage captures Miami-Dade police negotiators trying to talk the gunman into surrendering, Monday, Sept. 10, 2018 near South West 117th Avenue and 240th street.

A southwest Miami-Dade County man fatally shot a woman before turning the gun on himself Monday morning, police say.

The shooting happened inside a townhouse at 23825 SW 117th Court. Police were called to the home at 12:47 a.m., said Officer Chris Thomas, a Miami-Dade police spokesman. The man, whom police have not named, shot the woman and himself around 6 a.m., Thomas said.

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The windows and front door of a townhouse at 23825 SW 117th Court are smashed out following hours-long standoff with Miami-Dade County Police that ended with a murder-suicide Monday morning, Sept. 10, 2018. David Goodhue/dgoodhue@flkeysnews.com

The exact nature of their relationship was not immediately clear, Thomas said. Detective Lee Cowart said both the man and woman were in their 40s.

The murder/suicide occurred in the same leafy subdivision, Silver Palm, where a federal administrative law judge Timothy Maher shot himself Aug. 24 after an all-night standoff with police.

Police have not released specific details about the incident, but neighbors say there was some sort of standoff throughout the early morning hours until the shots were fired. From the condition of the home, with windows and the front door smashed in, it appears police forced their way inside.

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A broken door rests in the grass across the street from a townhome on SW 117th Court Monday, Sept. 10. 2018, where a man fatally shot a woman, then himself. David Goodhue/dgoodhue@flkeysnews.com

A neighbor who lives a block away, who identified herself as Ida, said she heard police on bullhorns asking the man to come out of the house beginning at 1:30 a.m.

“James was his name. They were saying, ‘Come out. We want to tell your mother you’re OK,’” Ida said.

Cowart said police received “one or two calls from a third party indicating there was a domestic problem” going on inside the house. Negotiators were sent to the house, as well as the Special Response Team, Cowart said.

Another neighbor, who did not want to be named, said she heard several “bangs” several hours into the incident.

“I’m not sure what it was,” she said. “I don’t know if they were shots or what.”

Another neighbor, Fabianna, who would not give her last name, said dozens of police cars flooded the area. She and her neighbors originally thought there was a problem at the neighborhood’s clubhouse on Southwest 115th Avenue.

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A broken second-story window of a townhouse at SW 117th Court in southwest Miami-Dade County following an hours-long standoff between Miami-Dade police and a man who fatally shot a woman and then himself Monday morning, Sept. 10, 2018. David Goodhue/dgoodhue@flkeysnews.com

“We thought it was something that happened at the clubhouse,” she said. “They were circling it. We thought someone broke in.”

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