Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Bertram Clark kills girlfriend as her children watch

From CBS Miami:
Miami police are hunting a man on the lam after he allegedly shot his wife in front of her children, and left her to die in a pool of blood.

Police are trying to find 42-year-old Bertram Clark, last seen running out of the apartment of 25-year-old Shanquendra Quenishea Williams in the 1200 block of NW First place in Miami, shortly after midnight Monday morning.

Miami police spokesperson Det. Willie Moreno said Clark and Williams had argued before he left her apartment. Williams apparently called police and Clark, who lives nearby, returned to her apartment, angry about the call.

Investigators say Clark apparently pulled out his gun and pistol-whipped Williams while her children watched. As his anger grew, police said he used the pistol to shoot her, multiple times, with the children in the room, before running out.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Cops shoot and kill 16 year-old Danny Cruz at Homestead gas station

From the Miami Herald:
A Homestead police officer shot and killed a 16-year-old inside a gas station convenience store late Thursday after a clerk pushed an alarm panic button during a run-in with the teen.

Miami-Dade police homicide detectives, who are investigating the shooting, on Friday night identified the teen as Danny Cruz.

Investigators found a .380 handgun in Cruz’s right jacket pocket. According to a police spokesman, the officer repeatedly ordered Cruz to show his hands before firing.

The shooting took place inside a Chevron gas station, 801 N. Roosevelt Blvd. at 10:40 p.m.

Cruz’s family defended the teen Friday, insisting he was not armed or involved in gang activity.

“I’m sure whatever he was doing, he didn’t deserve what was done to him,” mother Sarah Garcia told WFOR-CBS4. “I don’t believe he was out to hurt anyone. I believe he was just there. I don’t believe he pulled out a gun.”

The officer, Elvis Ackerman, 31, has been placed on administrative duty, which is routine in police shootings. Union president John Rivera called the shooting “textbook” and said the officer was in fear for his life when he fired his weapon.