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.

1 comment:

  1. Shoot one or two but dam why 7 ? that was too ext ream think before you shoot ACKERMAN!!!!!!!!!! YOU INTENDED TO KILL HIM,NOT TO DEFEND YOURSELF