West Perrine, FL – A man, Jamar Rollins, was shot and killed by Miami-Dade Police Officers during a traffic stop on Friday night, December 30, 2016. His family said he had his hands up but Miami-Dade Police said he had a gun.
Carlos Rosario, Miami-Dade Police Department spokesman, said that two Miami-Dade Police Officers stopped Rollins about 6:40 p.m. in the 10100 block of Indigo St. because of erratic driving. A passenger in Rollins’ vehicle got out and fled. Rollins, age 21, who was the driver of the vehicle, then got out, pulled out a handgun, when officers responded by shooting him. Rosario said “We do have one subject at the scene who is deceased. We also have one firearm at the scene.”
Rollins’ family denied that he had a gun or owned a gun and said that he had his hands up. One relative said that he was shot “like an animal” and “they (police officers) would kill an African-American man with no problem.”
Even though the family says that Rollins shouldn’t have been shot, they suggested that if Rollins actually pulled a gun on officers, he should have been shot in the leg.
The second suspect has not yet been identified or located. No one else was injured.
Both Miami-Dade Officers that were involved have nine years of experience. Their names were not released. Both Officers will be placed on administrative leave during the officer-involved shooting investigation, which is standard procedure. They were not injured. Miami-Dade Police and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement are conducting the investigation.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at (305) 471-TIPS.
Jamar Rollins had a gun, he did not have his hands up, and he pointed the gun at police officers, and his family members’s lies can get officers hurt.