The Miami Gardens man who led police on a high-speed car chase before he was fatally shot by officers on New Year’s Eve was wanted for violating probation and had also served prison time for carjacking and robbery, records show.
Authorities on Thursday identified Eric Tyrone Forbes, 28, as the man they say fired a gun at police officers in a residential block of Miami’s Liberty City. At least two Miramar officers — who had chased him from Broward County — returned fired and killed Forbes.
A passenger in Forbes’ car, Stacy Williams, 28, was arrested and charged with resisting arrest without violence and marijuana possession. He is in a Miami-Dade jail.
The chase started Wednesday afternoon after Miramar police went to a home in the city looking for a white Nissan Altima traced to the robbery of a Western Union check-cashing store.
The Altima took off, leading officers south down Interstate 95 to Miami. The Miramar officers who fired are now on administrative leave, which is routine in police-involved shootings.
Miami-Dade prosecutors will review the case to see whether officers were justified in killing Forbes.
The president of the Broward County Police Benevolent Association said the officers had no choice but to use deadly force against an armed attacker.
“They wanted to go home. They didn’t want to die. It was kill or be killed,” Marano said. “It’s take action or die and that’s what we’re faced with out there.”
Forbes boasts an extensive criminal history — notching his first arrest in Miramar at age 13 for strong-arm robbery. Convicted, Forbes was eventually labeled as a “serious or habitual juvenile offender.”
As an adult, Forbes continued landing behind bars for a range of crimes including selling cocaine and auto theft. Finally in February 2005, Broward deputies arrested him for carjacking and armed robbery.
He was sentenced to six years in state prison. Forbes was released in 2011 but was soon arrested and convicted again — for possessing a firearm, and later for stealing a rental car. He was put under probation until 2016.
Records show that on Dec. 12, his probation was revoked after he failed to pay fines.