A Miami-Dade SWAT team shot and killed an armed robbery suspect at a Miami Springs hotel late Tuesday afternoon - a man they believe also was connected to the gunman who shot one of their own detectives a day earlier.
The suspect had an AK-47-style rifle when confronted by officers serving a search warrant at the Extended Stay America hotel, Miami-Dade Police Director Alfredo "Freddy" Ramirez said during a brief media conference outside the hotel on Fairway Drive, just north of Miami International Airport.
Police don't believe the dead man was involved in the Monday night shootout where Miami-Dade Police Officer Cesar Echaverry was left in grave condition with a bullet wound to his head and the suspected shooter, a Georgia man named Jeremy Willie Horton, 32, was killed.
But Horton and the not-yet-identified man were considered suspects in a Dania Beach robbery at a convenience store earlier in the day. The connection between them: a Hyundai that Horton was driving just before he was killed in the Monday night shootout with police in Liberty City. It was believed to be the getaway vehicle in Dania Beach and also was spotted in Miami Springs by Broward Sheriff's Office deputies who were tracking the vehicle after the robbery.
Ramirez said it wasn't immediately clear if the man at the hotel had fired his weapon. "Right now, it's under investigation," he said.
A large police presence was visible outside the hotel Tuesday evening. Ramirez said the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were also involved in the case.
The man was shot and killed by members of Miami-Dade's Special Response Team. A law enforcement source familiar with the incident said SWAT members were told the man was in a room with two teenagers. He was shot dead after police negotiated the release of the teens.
This is a breaking story that will be updated as more information becomes available.