Miami-Dade Officer Kills Man Wielding AK-47

MIAMI --

Miami-Dade police officers shot and killed a man Tuesday night.

The shooting occurred at about 9:40 p.m. at Northwest 32nd Street and Eighth Avenue.

Miami-Dade police said a detective with the Police Department's Robbery Intervention Detail spotted a vehicle with a stolen tag driving erratically in northwestern Miami-Dade County.

The detective followed the vehicle into the city of Miami, where he tried to pull it over, according to police.

According to police, the driver, Jamal T. Singletary, 24, of Miami, continued driving erratically, and officers surrounded him. When he stepped out of the car with an AK-47, gunfire broke out, according to police.

"We had a shooting victim and police standing 20 feet from each other," said Miami-Dade Police Director James Loftus. "It's horrifying, terrible, and it's a sad commentary when it comes to police-involved shootings in our country."

Singletary was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center, where he later was pronounced dead. No officers were injured.

Singletary's mother, LaWanda Singletary, arrived at the scene Wednesday morning, concerned about her son.

"I was home, sleeping. They call me crying, saying police shot Jamal. Nobody called us or notified us. We just heard it," she said.

Family members said Jamal Singletary had a criminal past and was released from prison a few months ago.

The officer involved in the shooting has been placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure.

The State Attorney's Office and other independent agencies will further investigate the shooting.

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