DORAL, FLA. (WSVN) - A maintenance worker is asking for an apology from the Miami-Dade Police officer who, authorities said, shot him by accident while she was cleaning her revolver, last Thursday.
According to investigators, Miami-Dade Police Sgt. Wanda Roman’s handgun accidentally went off while inside her unit at the Emerald Palms Apartment Homes, located along Southwest 151st Street, in Southwest Miami-Dade. Investigators said the bullet went through a door and hit 30-year-old Raynier Miranda, who lives and works in the West Kendall complex, while he was cleaning the hallway.
His left arm in a sling, Miranda wiped away tears as he sat next to his attorney and shared his side of the story during a news conference, Friday. “I screamed for help, but there was nobody,” said Miranda in Spanish.
Miranda said the bullet went through a vital artery in his arm, then struck his chest half an inch from his heart. “[It went] through his elbow, out into his chest and got stuck,” Miranda’s attorney, Glen Z. Goldberg, said as he showed reporters the bullet’s trajectory. “[Doctors] went this way and took it out.”
Miranda said he initially thought he had been electrocuted. It wasn’t until he woke up in a hospital bed that he learned he’d been shot by Roman.
His wife, Barbara Miranda, said she was horrified when she realized what had happened to her husband. “[A doctor] says, ‘You know, we just took a bullet out of your husband’s chest,’ and I’m like, ‘What do you mean, a bullet?’ And he’s like, ‘He got shot,'” she said. “We’re like, ‘What do you mean? That’s not what they told us.'”
Meanwhile, Miranda’s attorney is asking from an explanation from police as to why Roman never even bothered to check to see if anyone was injured after the gun went off. “It’s unconscionable, just unconscionable that she wouldn’t investigate it and see what happened,” said Glen Z. Goldberg, “and then not come to his house sometime within the next week to apologize, say she’s sorry. There’s been no response from Dade County.”
After five days in the hospital, Miranda is on the road to recovery, but he has a long way to go. He and Barbara have a 2-year-old son, and now she has to fill the role of both parents.
The couple said they do not know what course of legal action they will take in the matter, but an apology would be a good place to start. “Mistakes happen, but as humans, we need to step up to our actions and be responsible for them,” said Barbara.
The police department did not elaborate about the ongoing investigation, but they confirmed Roman has been placed on administrative leave with pay.
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