MIAMI (WSVN) - Authorities are investigating a shooting that left a man dead in a City of Miami neighborhood.
Miami Police responded to the scene in the area of Northwest 71st Street and Sixth Court, overnight Monday.
Officials said responding officers arrived to find an unresponsive man suffering from a gunshot wound.
Miami Fire Rescue pronounced the man dead at the scene.
Donovan Stewart said he was forced to shoot the man who attempted to rob him and said he would do it all again if it meant protecting his family and his neighbors.
“I never would’ve come out of that alive. I never would’ve come out of that alive,” Stewart said, thankful he and his girlfriend survived the ordeal. “He come to kill, he come for blood. And guess what he after? My jewelry. The only reason I came out of it alive is when I grabbed that AK and I put it to the side and keep baking it and make sure he can’t lift that hand again.”
According to Stewart, the subject abruptly woke him up with a loud knock on the door as he slept in his van. When he got up to check who was outside, he said the man acted violently towards him as soon as he opened the door.
“The door was so violently grabbed open!” Stewart said. “By the time I looked up, an AK was in my nose. I used common sense and quickly fled, get the AK out and I emptied my Glock in his chest.”
Police closed off the roadways for much of Monday morning while they investigated.
“Well, I’d rather his life go and not mine. I got a son to take care of,” Stewart said when asked whose life was more at stake during the shootout, he did what he had to do.
As of Monday afternoon, police haven’t officially figured out what exactly happened, but they did take Stewart’s gun and van as part of the investigation.
Stewart said police told him that the man he shot and killed was connected to other robberies in the area.
Officials have not confirmed the claim. The identity of the deceased has not been released.
If you have any information on this homicide, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.
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