City of Miami police officers have shot and killed another suspect -- the seventh killed by MPD cops since last summer. The latest shooting happened last night around 11 p.m. at North Miami Avenue and 75th Street, police sources tell Riptide, and left another man in critical condition.
Police are declining to identify the dead suspect, but CBS4 says he's 28-year-old Travis McNeil and that he died of a gunshot to the head.
The latest shooting apparently started when McNeil and his 30-year-old cousin, Kareem Williams, left nearby Take One Lounge strip club and headed south on N. Miami Ave.
"My nephew told me said they were leaving the club -- leaving the club and got about two blocks from the club and police swarmed them. They hit the lights, they stopped. They were never given any warning about show your hands, freeze, step out of the car, the only thing that happened was gun fire," Sheila McNeil, the dead man's mother, tells CBS4.
Williams is in critical condition with multiple gunshot wounds, McNeil says.
Police have yet to release a statement on what caused the shooting.
The latest death is sure to intensify scrutiny on the department and its chief, Miguel Exposito, who has faced strong criticism from leaders in Miami's black community over the string of police shootings in Overtown, Liberty City and Little Haiti.
Update: Exposito just released a statement about the shooting. He says a Miami officer and an Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agent pulled over McNeil's car at 11 p.m. last night and that the officer fired "as a result of a confrontation" during the stop.
Here's his full statement:
"It is always unfortunate when our officers must resort to this. As is the norm, the Miami Police Department will be thoroughly investigating this police shooting along with the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office. All the facts and evidence will be submitted to the State Attorney's Office as immediately as possible so that they can make the final determination. Florida State statutes prohibit us from discussing the particulars surrounding ongoing police shooting investigations. As such, the Miami Police Department will refrain from commenting further regarding last night's case."
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