Man dead in Hialeah after police-involved shooting

HIALEAH, FLA. (WSVN) - Police are investigating a police-involved shooting in Hialeah that ended with a man dead.

A yellow tarp could be seen in a parking lot outside an apartment complex at in the area of West 12th Avenue and 37th Street, Friday afternoon.

According to the Hialeah Police Department, one of their officers is said to have been involved in the shooting, which began at 1520 W. 37th St.

A knife could be seen on the ground near the yellow tarp.

Dozens of officers remained on the scene, at 10:30 p.m., as well as a medical examiner’s truck.

David Diaz-Deceliz, a witness, said, “It was probably four shots.”

Diaz-Deceliz explained what he saw, “He had a beer in his hand. He had a knife out. He ran across the street, and he got cornered by two cops. When he got across the street, the cop told him to stop. They tried to Taser him. They said that he put his hands behind his back and that he pulled out a weapon, but he had a knife to his neck and said he was going to kill himself if they got close, and the cop shot him. My dad, everybody saw him. ”

According to the police, it started as a dispute about two blocks away at a Dollar General and ended at the apartment complex.

In a media release, police said it was a confrontation between the man and the police, and that he lost his life. The police did not say whether or not the shots were what killed him.

Diaz-Deceliz said, “He had the knife to his throat the whole time and said he was going to kill himself. That’s when they shot him.”

The circumstances of the shooting remain under investigation.

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