Crime

Two Arrested in South Beach Shooting of NYPD Detective

Mustafa Cornelius Lee, 28, and Francisco Henriquez, 35, have been charged with attempted murder after allegedly shooting off-duty New York City Police Department Detective Harold Thomas in South Beach over the weekend. The shooting appears to have stemmed from a robbery attempt.


Harold, 48, has spent 27-years on the force and is on the Joint Terrorism Task Force. He was vacation in Miami Beach with two other NYPD officers over the weekend, when he was shot just after 7 a.m. on Saturday morning.

The gunfight broke out in front of his hotel, 1233 Lofts at 12th Street and Collins. Harold may have managed to get one shot off from his gun before being critical injured.



It appears that Lee and Henriquez attempted to rob the officer. They're both being charged with attempted armed robbery as well. Miami Beach Police have stated they don't believe the incident was related to Harold's work as an NYPD officer.

Thomas was rushed to Jackson Memorial Hospital, where he is still recovering form serious injuries.

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Kyle Munzenrieder