Twenty-two-year-old Raymond Herisse has been identified as the man shot and killed by police during an early morning Memorial Day weekend incident in the streets of Miami Beach, according to CBS4's Jim DeFede. Herisse had a long criminal history and had been arrested numerous times before in Palm Beach and Broward counties, although none of the incidents involved violence. Twelve police officers have been put on administrative leave for discharging their weapons, and more than 100 shots were fired at Herisse. The Miami Herald confirms that no weapon was found in the car or on Herisse. Updated.
Police say the incident started when Herisse tried to hit several police officers with his car.
"From the initial stop, there was an attempt to strike an officer with his vehicle and there was an attempt later on on Collins Avenue to strike two other officers that I'm aware off, at approximately 15th and Collins, and there was an attempt to strike two officers on bicycles somewhere down the 1300 block of Collins Avenue," Miami Beach Police Chief Carlos Noriega tells DeFede. "So to the best of my knowledge at this point, a total of five officers were almost struck by this individual."
In response, 12 different police officers fired more than 100 shots into Herisse's car. Eight Miami Beach and four Hialeah officers were involved in the incident. All have been put on administrative leave, as is normal policy.
Police are not confirming whether or not the four innocent bystanders were shot by police gunfire.
So this unmoving vehicle required 100 rounds which apparently injured 4 random bystanders.
Three days later they claimed they found a gun, in some remote place in the vehicle, stating such as the reason that they didn't find it earlier. That sounds logical....
Miami Beach Police say they have found a gun in the blue Hyundai that Raymond Herisse was driving when he was shot and killed by cops early Monday morning during Urban Beach Week.
According to police Chief Carlos Noriega, officers discovered a black Beretta 92-F semiautomatic pistol hidden somewhere in Herisse's car while they were processing the bullet-ridden vehicle Wednesday evening.
Noriega called the discovery "great news," according to the Miami Herald. But a hell of a lot of questions remain regarding what happened that night.
"Everything is panning out the way we believe it happened," Noriega said. "We were told he was seen with a firearm and, sure enough, there was a firearm in the car."
And now this guys phone video emerges that he said he managed to save by hiding his phone memory card in his mouth before Officers seized the phone and smashed it on the ground. At around the 1:22 mark you can start to hear the cops shouting for his phone, then when he gets into his car bicycle police pull up to his window with guns pointing at them.
Their official explanation states that he matched a discription of an escaped suspect. Riiiiiight.
The Miami Beach police department, under fire for its handling of a fatal Memorial Day shooting, acknowledged seizing cellphones from witnesses after the gunfire.
But city officials refuted the allegations of one witness who claimed police held him at gunpoint and tried to destroy his cell phone footage of the slaying.
Narces Benoit, 35, claimed he was handcuffed and held at gunpoint by officers who then stomped on his cellphone - apparently to ruin his recording of the police shooting of Raymond Herisse.
Herisse was killed and four others injured in the 4 a.m. shooting. Authorities said the killing occurred after Herisse sped away in his Hyundai following a scuffle with police.
Miami Beach authorities issued a Tuesday night statement giving their version of what happened after cops shot and killed Herisse.
According to the statement, Benoit was stopped by police because he matched the description of a man seen fleeing the shooting scene. Benoit also ignored police orders to stop, the statement said.
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