Fresh out of prison two months ago, an ex-con was killed in a police shootout after robbing and raping a man, then pulling an assault weapon on police.
“It seemed like a war. It was impressive,” an onlooker of the shootout told the Miami Herald. “Police cars came down the street along with two helicopters pursuing him. I’d say it was about 30 or 40 police cars.”
The 40-year-old was pursued by police in Little Havana, Miami after committing the violent hate crime on a security guard after meeting him at an adult store. The two men went to the victim’s apartment, where the shooter pulled out a gun, made the victim take off his clothes, and forcibly raping him with the barrel of his gun.
According to the reports, the shooter said “All gay men should be dead” and “I should shoot you in the ass,” also using a homophobic slur in Spanish.
After, the shooter left the apartment with $500 in cash as well as jewelry worth thousands of dollars. The police report stated “The offender told him if he called police he was going to kill him.”
The shooter was found at a gas station after the victim reported the crime. Seeing that police had found him, he pulled out his AK-47 assault rifle and opened fire.
After giving chase from multiple police cars and helicopters, the shooter crashed into a truck. He tried again to open fire on police, but according to reports 19 police officers shot back.
As a result, the shooter was killed. There were no civilian injuries.
A detective told the victim, “You can go home in peace. It’s all over.”
The shooter was released from prison on July 1, according to NewNowNext. He served over a decade for kidnappings, aggravated battery, carjacking with a deadly weapon, fleeing and eluding police, and aggravated assault on a police officer.