Eighty-one-year-old Hialeah resident Evardo Busnego must have been really mad at that crossing guard.
Yesterday afternoon, Busnego allegedly fired a BB gun at a crossing guard, hitting her in the buttocks. When police arrived around 5 p.m. to question him about the incident, Busnego responded by firing shots at the officers with some other type of gun and then barricaded himself in his home, which led to a standoff with a SWAT team that lasted well into the night, until Busnego took his own life.
"He shoots [the crossing guard] with a BB gun in her rear end," Hialeah police spokesman Carlos Zogby told NBC Miami in a blunt recap of the event. "She runs and calls the police. We come over, and he locks himself in his house. Well, we start negotiating with him."
Police arrived at this home at East Sixth Avenue and 32nd Street in Hialeah about 5 p.m. Busnego refused to come out and then locked the door, so police obtained a warrant and forced their way in. He then fired a weapon that police believe was far more powerful than a BB gun.
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Police were forced to retaliate and approached the situation as a standoff. Neighbors in the area were evacuated, and a SWAT team was called in to handle the situation.
When the team eventually re-entered the home, they found Busnego dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Busnego had a history of altercations with neighbors, and police have been called to his home 30 times, but his record was nonviolent.