Police Fatally Shoot Teen Following Drug Store Robbery

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Police Identify Armed Robbery Suspect Killed By Officer.

Authorities identified the teen late Thursday as Jorge Santiago Tapia. Police shot and killed a 15-year-old who they said had just robbed a South Miami-Dade Walgreens, led them on a brief car chase, then threatened them with a handgun.

Miami-Dade Police said the repo man, 53-year-old Serge Lossard, was in the area of NW 22 Ave. and NW 99 St. shortly before 7:00 p.m. “when he was approached by three black males, one with dreads, wearing a black shirt and black pants and the other two with all black clothing.” Surveillance video shows the Coconut Palm Academy 8th grader walking up to the clerk with a gun in his left hand and demanding cash. “There should be justice for what they did to him,” said Angelica Santiago, the suspect’s sister. “The cops should have waited to see who was the suspect, not just say he was a grown man, who was going to kill them.” It all started just before 2 a.m. when a call to 9-1-1 said an armed man in a mask robbed a Walgreens at SW 288th Street and South Dixie Highway. Police say he threatened the clerk at gunpoint. “He had a mask on, he demanded money be placed inside his book bag and that’s when he fled the scene,” said Miami-Dade police spokesman Alvaro Zabaleta. “This individual, not only did he use the gun to commit the armed robbery, of course we have to assume he used the gun against the officers as well,” said Zabaleta.

Police also said they found a handgun in the white Acura driven by the robbery suspect, but that it would take interviews and forensic tests to determine if that weapon was fired at officers. It’s not clear if the man shot at the officers. “The streets are meaner than ever before,” said John Rivera, president of the Miami-Dade Police Department’s Police Benevolent Association. “There’s a greater proliferation of firearms out on the streets than ever before.

Police said a patrol car had a bullet hole in its front windshield, but weren’t willing to say if it came from the suspect or from one of the officer’s weapons. “We don’t know if [the dead teen] fired at all,” Miami-Dade police Detective Alvaro Zabaleta said. “We won’t know until we speak to the officers.” Also in the car, according to police, a book bag the teen used to stash the money he stole from the Walgreens. The criminals are more brazen.” Rivera told CBS4’s Peter D’Oench, “Most people do not realize how quick a split-second decision is, especially when you are in the heat of battle as you call it. Now we have all the time in the world to Monday morning quarterback but those officers who had to do that split-second decision on the job are all heroes and we should applaud them. While Miami and Miami Beach officers are forbidden from firing into a vehicle unless someone displays or fires a weapon, county cops have a less restrictive policy.

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