Off-duty Florida police officer fatally shoots man breaking into home, police say

13-year-old inside home uninjured

Off-duty cop shoots suspected robber dead at Miami-Dade home
Off-duty cop shoots suspected robber dead at Miami-Dade home

MIAMI – An off-duty Miami police officer fatally shot a man who was attempting to break into a home while his 13-year-old son was inside, investigators said.

The shooting happened Monday afternoon in a West Miami-Dade County neighborhood where the officer's ex-wife lives, news outlets reported.

The teen called his parents and told them someone was trying to break into the back of the house, Miami-Dade police detective Kristopher Welch told WSVN.

“His father, a City of Miami Police officer, responded on scene, confronted the subject, shots were fired," Welch said.

Neighbor Raul Artiles told the television station he heard loud booms. “Somebody shooting with a pistol, like 10 or 13 times.”

The 30-year-old suspected robber was taken to a hospital where he died, investigators said. The teen and his father were not injured.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating the shooting.