Police search called off for armed suspect in Miami

MIAMI (WSVN) - City of Miami Police called off their search for an armed man, who pointed a gun at officers, early Tuesday morning.

“Early in the morning there was an officer who was going to back up another officer when he saw someone suspicious standing in the corner,” said City of Miami spokesperson Kenia Fallat, “and what he saw was a man without a shirt, holding what appeared to be a bulge under his arm, and he proceeded to tell the man to put his hands up. That is when he let one weapon fall onto the floor. He proceeded to grab a second weapon and that is when he pointed it at the officer.”

Police believe the man is slim and in his early 40s.

The suspect fled the scene on foot. Police set up a perimeter along Southwest 10th Avenue from Fourth Street to Fifth Street, earlier that morning.

K-9 Units were on the scene as well as the SWAT team, going door to door within the perimeter for six hours on Tuesday morning. “It’s full with police,” said nearby resident Julio Hernandez. “It looked like SWAT, people with rifles, assault rifles, a lot of police officers blocked off on both corners.”

The search was called off shortly after 9 a.m., according to Miami Police officer Kenia Fallat. “We were unable to find the suspect,” said Fallat.

Officers described the suspect as a young man who was shirtless with something underneath his arm. “The man proceeded to lift his arms up and drop that bulge,” said Fallat. “Inside was a T-shirt wrapped with a handgun. He left that handgun here on the scene.”

According to officials, one weapon has been recovered. However, police believe the suspect still has the gun he pointed at officers in his possession. “It’s worrying,” said Hernandez. “Especially for someone who lives by themselves. Gun violence and drugs are not what someone wants in the neighborhood.”

No shots were fired, and the officer is said to be OK.

If you see anything suspicious or have any information on this incident, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.

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