Crime

Two men dead in 12 hours, one by bullet another by trauma

City of Miami Crime scene investigators photograph the deceased body of a homeless man who died due to trauma in the early morning hours of Friday October 31, 2014 at a Laundromart located on Northwest Seventh Street and 12th Court in Miami. Police said that the man's head was very bloody and that trauma to the head is a possibility.
City of Miami Crime scene investigators photograph the deceased body of a homeless man who died due to trauma in the early morning hours of Friday October 31, 2014 at a Laundromart located on Northwest Seventh Street and 12th Court in Miami. Police said that the man's head was very bloody and that trauma to the head is a possibility. EL NUEVO HERALD

Two men were found dead in Miami-Dade in separate incidents Thursday night and Friday morning, one killed by gunshot, the other apparently suffering some type of trauma, police said.

According to Miami-Dade police, the first incident happened when two men got into an argument at 10:40 p.m. Thursday in a parking lot at 7930 SW 104th St. At some point, the fight escalated and Eric Harris, 48, pulled a gun and shot and killed Juan Agriel, 67.

Harris, though, claimed he shot Agriel only after the man picked up a tire iron and threatened his life. Harris contacted police and stayed on the scene until police arrived.

Miami-Dade police said they will forward their investigation to the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office, which will decide if charges are to be filed.

In the Friday morning incident, someone passing by The Wash House Laundromat at 1277 NW Seventh St. in Overtown found a man believed to be sleeping on the sidewalk. A further look showed the man was dead.

Police had not identified him as of early Friday afternoon, though they said some patrons of the laundromat were familiar with him, and knew who he was.

Miami Police detective Freddie Burden said the man appears to have died from some type of trauma. She didn’t say if he was shot, or hit by some type of object. She said he had blood on his body and appeared to be in his 40s or early 50s.

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