Man Armed With Rifle Killed in Police Shootout in Miami Gardens – NBC 6 South Florida

Man Armed With Rifle Killed in Police Shootout in Miami Gardens - NBC 6 South Florida

Police searching for missing school district employee and mom of 2

Police are searching for a Miami school district employee and mother of two who has been missing for five days.

Kameela Russell, 41, who works as a test chairperson at Miami Norland Senior High School, was last seen by her family on Wednesday in Miami Gardens, the Miami Gardens Police Department said.

One woman who said she believed she was the cousin of the man who was killed told D’Oench, “I am his cousin and I want to get some answers. I can’t say anymore until I get some answers. Those questions about him go to God. I am not going to discredit him and discredit him in the media. I am not going to go there. I just spoke to him last night and when I get some answers I will speak to you. I will.”

Russell, who is the mother of two daughters, ages six and 15, was supposed to pick up one of her children at a relatives house on Wednesday, but never arrived, ABC Miami affiliate WPLG reported.

The two men had reportedly gotten into an argument in the pawn shop’s parking lot. When Cardenas got into his car with his fiance and her children, Churches walked up to the open driver’s door and shot him in the head, according to the Herald. Cardenas’ girlfriend and her two children were not hurt.

“Kameelas family is incredibly worried about her and we @MDCPS are praying for her swift and safe return,” Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho tweeted. “Please take a moment to look at her picture and call police if you have seen her.”

Miami-Dade Police spokeswoman, Sgt. Erin Alfonso, told CBS4’S Peter D’Oench that members of the Miami-Dade Police homicide task forced went to the home following leads after a man was killed in front of his girlfriend and two children on Sunday in Opa-Locka.

Police investigating fatal officer-involved shooting in Miami Gardens

Russell has worked in the school district since 2014, said John Schuster, a spokesman with the school district.

Chopper4 over the scene spotted what looked to be a car on the street in front of a home which appears to have run over a recycling bin. Both the windshield and hood had bullet holes. A rifle was on the nearby sidewalk.

“This teachers disappearance is of great concern to her family and to many educators and students throughout Miami-Dade County Public Schools who hope and pray for her safe return,” Schuster told ABC News via email. “We are assisting police in every way possible as they search for her.”

Monday, police were staking out one of Churches last know addresses when he reportedly came out of a house with a rifle and started shooting, according to the Herald. Officers fired back, killing Churches.

Deadly Police Involved Shooting In Miami Gardens

The @MGPDFL is requesting the publics assistance in locating 41 year-old Kameela Russell, who has been missing since May 15th, 2019. If you have any information on her whereabouts, please contact the Miami Gardens PD at 305-474-6473. @nbc6 @wsvn @WPLGLocal10 @MiamiHerald pic.twitter.com/dQYC4D07Y9

“Investigative leads took us to this neighborhood where officers met the subject who was carrying a rifle and a handgun and a gun battle ensued and the man is now deceased,” said Alfonso.

MIAMI GARDENS, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting that left a suspect dead outside a home in a Miami Gardens neighborhood.

The man who died is believed to be Ronnie Churches, 45, who police suspect shot a man sitting in car outside an Opa-locka pawn shop on Sunday, according to CBS4 news partner The Miami Herald.

Police respond to fatal officer-involved shooting in Miami Gardens

7SkyForce HD flew over the scene at approximately 1:45 p.m. Monday where several fire trucks could be seen parked outside of a home in the area of Northwest 203rd Street and 23rd Avenue, near Hard Rock Stadium.

Its very crazy. I used to see her around a lot, always a smile. It was a real shock to see her missing and everything, said student Jamal Moss. Im very concerned. I hope shes like OK, and they find her soon.

Today, @MiamiDadePD Homicide Task Force and Intracoastal CST members encountered a dangerous individual and grave situation. I am grateful they survived and were not injured during the encounter. Skillful training and teamwork was in full display. #Blessed

Police said the shooting happened as officers were running surveillance and following up on leads on a weekend shooting.

Russell works at Miami Norland Senior High School as a test chairperson and was said to be at work the day she went missing. They hope it will jog someone’s memory and they will call with information.

“First thing I initially heard was one type of gun go, ‘Pop, pop, pop,’ and then another type of gun go, ‘Pop. Pop. Pop,” a witness said.

Students at Miami Norland Senior High said they are just as troubled by Russell’s disappearance. They said they can’t believe she’s been missing for so long and hope she is found soon.

Quenisa Calloway, Churches’ girlfriend, said he was on his way to go and sell a gun when bullets started flying.

“They were shooting back and forth at each other,” Calloway said. “Ronnie’s driver’s door was open. I could see his hand out shooting back at them. The car slowed down and stopped, and they were saying, ‘Put your hands up. Put your hands up.’ After they said that, I still heard gunshots.”

Her family said she was last seen along Northwest 203rd Street on Wednesday night when her car pulled into her aunt’s driveway to pick up her 6-year-old daughter.

The Miami Herald reported that Churches was accused of shooting a man outside of an Opa-locka pawn shop on Northwest 27th Avenue, Sunday.

Detectives from the Miami Gardens Police Department are working with Miami-Dade Schools Police in the investigation. Officials said they have not ruled out foul play.

Police said the victim in that shooting, later identified as Roberto Cardenas, was shot in the face and taken to the hospital in extremely critical condition. He was later pronounced dead.

“We’re not gonna discredit his character to the public,” the woman said. “They’re not gonna discredit his character to the media, but right now, my family … even though we know him, we know about him, but we’re not gonna go there, and I already knew where he was this morning when I got a call, and I should’ve went up there and just got him and put him in my car, and just took him to Miami Gardens. He still probably would’ve been with us.”

Calloway said Cardenas is her brother-in-law. She said Cardenas and Churches have known each other for a long time and shared video of the two men hanging out in March.

“They were shooting back and forth at each other,” Calloway said. “Ronnie’s driver’s door was open. I could see his hand out shooting back at them. The car slowed down and stopped, and they were saying, ‘Put your hands up. Put your hands up.’ After they said that, I still heard gunshots.”

“I’m in the house, and they’re shooting at my boyfriend,” Calloway said. “I think they killed him, and I just want them to know I’m in the house. I’m not armed or anything.”

“We did not pull him over. He came out of wherever he was, he was armed, and he began firing on officers, and luckily, none of them were injured,” Alfonso said. “They got investigative leads that brought them to this area, whether from tips or other sources, so it brought them here.”

“No. At this time, we’re not able to release that information,” Miami-Dade Police spokesperson Sgt. Erin Alfonso said.

Today, @MiamiDadePD Homicide Task Force and Intracoastal CST members encountered a dangerous individual and grave situation. I am grateful they survived and were not injured during the encounter. Skillful training and teamwork was in full display. #Blessed

During the surveillance, police said the suspect came out and started shooting at officers, forcing them to fire back.

“I’m in the house, and they’re shooting at my boyfriend,” Calloway said. “I think they killed him, and I just want them to know I’m in the house. I’m not armed or anything.”

“We did not pull him over. He came out of wherever he was, he was armed, and he began firing on officers, and luckily, none of them were injured,” Alfonso said. “They got investigative leads that brought them to this area, whether from tips or other sources, so it brought them here.”

7SkyForce HD flew over the scene at approximately 1:45 p.m. Monday where several fire trucks could be seen parked outside of a home in the area of Northwest 203rd Street and 23rd Avenue, near Hard Rock Stadium.

“We’re not gonna discredit his character to the public,” the woman said. “They’re not gonna discredit his character to the media, but right now, my family … even though we know him, we know about him, but we’re not gonna go there, and I already knew where he was this morning when I got a call, and I should’ve went up there and just got him and put him in my car, and just took him to Miami Gardens. He still probably would’ve been with us.”

Because the shooting involved a police officer, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating the incident.


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