Early Sunday morning at approximately 2:30 AM, Homestead Police were involved in a confrontation, outside the entrance to the Homestead City Hall, with an armed suspect that resulted in his death. A source told the News Leader that the suspect shot at officers who then returned fire.
The area around the City Hall was cordoned off between the Busway and Washington St from NE 4th St to East Mowry Dr. as Miami Dade Crime Scene
Investigators and other MDPD personnel processed the site of the incident.
Around 11 AM the affected area of Washington Street was reopened to traffic though the Busway remained blocked.
Homestead Police Public Information Officer (PIO) Sgt Morales confirmed later Sunday morning that there were no injuries to HPD Officers and referred all other questions to Miami Dade Police who, under standard operating procedures investigate Officer involved shooting incidents in Homestead.
Mid-afternoon Sunday, MDPD PIO released the following statement: “The Miami-Dade Police Department, Homicide Bureau, is investigating a police shooting involving multiple officers from the City of Homestead Police Department.
According to investigators, uniform officers from the City of Homestead Police Department responded to a burglary in progress at a residence. When officers arrived, the subject fled the scene on foot.
As a perimeter was established, officers located the subject in front of the City of Homestead City Hall. The subject shot at the officers and they returned fire, striking him. Miami-Dade Fire Rescue responded and determined the subject to be deceased. Investigators have recovered the subject's firearm on the scene.
Although no officers were injured, one of them was shot through the pants in the leg area.”
On Monday afternoon Miami Dade PD released the name of the deceased subject as La Garion Lamar Smith, a 27-year-old male.
The names of the officers involved have not been released. Under Homestead Police policy the officers have been placed on administrative leave with pay.
Also, on Monday the Office of Miami Dade District 9 Commissioner Kionne L. McGhee issued a news release stating. “Commissioner McGhee has been in
contact with the Miami-Dade Police Department Investigation Unit, local community leaders, and with the family. “I want to make sure this investigation is done thoroughly so that the community and the family can have truth, justice and closure,” Commissioner McGhee said.”