Off-duty officer fatally shoots burglary suspect after teen son calls for help

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WEST MIAMI-DADE, FL  On November 23, an off-duty Miami Police officer reportedly shot and killed a man suspected of trying to break into a West Miami-Dade home with the officer’s 13-year-old son inside. 

Miami-Dade police and fire rescue units responded to the home at around 4:00 p.m. The home is located near the 700 block of Southwest 98th Court. 

According to preliminary reports, the Officer’s 13-year-old son was inside of the home, belonging to the officer’s ex-wife, when a man was trying to break in. 

Miami-Dade Police Detective Kristopher Welch said that, when the boy realized what was going on, he called his parents about the break-in in progress: 

“The 13-year-old child within the residence contacted his parents and stated that someone was trying to break in from the rear. His father, a City of Miami police officer, responded on scene, confronted the subject, (and) shots were fired. (The suspect) ultimately succumbed to his injuries.”

One neighbor nearby, Raul Artiles, said that he had heard numerous gunshots go off during the incident: 

“I hear ‘Boom, boom, boom, boom.’ Somebody shooting with a pistol, like 10 or 13 times.”

From what Artiles claims, the neighborhood that he has lived in for 35 years is usually quiet:

“This neighborhood is very, very peaceful, very nice. I never hear a shooting or anything like that.”

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is currently handling the investigation.

Sources linked to the investigation have not released many details about the alleged intruder. Authorities have not said if the suspect was armed at the time of the shooting.

This is a developing investigation. Please follow Law Enforcement Today as we gather further details on this case. 

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Off-duty officer charged with manslaughter after defending his wife and children from armed man

November 21, 2020

CHESAPEAKE, VA – Back in January of 2020, a woman with her children called her husband – a police officer that was off-duty – about a man armed with a knife threatening her. 

Reportedly, when the woman’s husband arrived, a confrontation ensued that turned physical between the man armed with a knife and the off-duty officer. 

Authorities say that the officer fatally shot the man armed with a knife, and a judge recently ruled there’s enough probable cause to go forward with a trial on charges of voluntary manslaughter

Here’s the details on the case. 

It was on January 19th when Norfolk Police Officer Edmund Hoyt was called by his wife about a man threatening her with a knife. Officer Hoyt’s wife was walking with her two children, when 42-year-old Kelvin White blocked her path. 

Apparently, White had commanded Officer Hoyt’s wife to move out of his way and then pulled a knife on her in front of her children.

The woman was said to have then informed White that she was going to call her husband, which White reportedly responded with: 

“Call your husband, I don’t care, I’ll stab him too.”

According to the family of White, he suffered from schizophrenia, but his family claims that he was never violent. 

Upon Officer Hoyt’s arrival on the scene where his wife was threatened, Detective James Thomas with the Chesapeake Police Department says that a “hands-on” confrontation between Officer Hoyt and White took place. 

Officer Hoyt was said to have fired five to six shots at White, killing him. 

Photos that were presented in the courtroom on November 20th showed that Officer Hoyt did sustain some lacerations to the side of his face that drew blood. 

However, his wife and children were never hurt during the confrontation. 

Khiera Williams, the mother of White’s three children – twins aged 17 years old and one 18-year-old – contends that White was not a “monster” and that if Officer Hoyt’s wife really “felt threatened” then she should’ve called “Chesapeake police” and not her husband. 

James Broccoletti, Officer Hoyt’s defense attorney in the matter, says that he’s confident that the case will be defeated at trial under a defense of protecting himself and his family from a man armed with a knife. 

White’s brother, Gerard, says that he hold no ill-will toward anyone in the case, but simply wants justice for his brother’s death: 

“My family have no hate toward anybody. We just want justice.”

According to Virginia case law, voluntary manslaughter distinguishes itself from other murder charges by noting that: 

Voluntary manslaughter may be found upon evidence that an intentional, non-malicious homicide occurred in sudden mutual combat or as a result of heat of passion induced by reasonable provocation.

Essentially, the charge of voluntary manslaughter betrays that prosecutors believe that Officer Hoyt injected himself into an instance of mutual combat as opposed to an instance of defending himself or others. 

While manslaughter charges, whether voluntary or involuntary, may sound serious – the absolute maximum that can be doled out in Virginia is 10 years in prison. 

The minimum sentence for the Class 5 felony is one year in prison, but at the court’s discretion, a penalty of less than a year in concurrence with a fine of up to $2,500 could be afforded as well. 

This is a developing case. 

Please follow Law Enforcement Today as we gather updates as this case works it way through the courts. 

 

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