A South Florida man who was shot and killed by police after firing a rifle into the air to commemorate the state’s new gun ban is back in prison after being hospitalized for more than two months, authorities said. Announced.
The 37-year-old was booked into Miami-Dade County Jail on Friday on 53 charges, including felonies including assault with a deadly weapon, violently resisting an officer and possession of a short-barreled rifle. He faces a misdemeanor charge of discharging a weapon in public, according to court records.
According to a Miami Police Department arrest report, officers responded to an apartment complex on July 7 and found a man wearing a bulletproof vest firing a gun into the air. Witnesses later told officers that the man claimed he was celebrating a new law that came into effect on July 1.
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Police said officers ordered the man to stop firing and show his hands, but the man tried to run away. Police say the man turned his body on the officer as he tried to enter the apartment, and the officer opened fire, striking him several times. The man was taken to a local hospital where he was treated prior to his arrest.
Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, who is running for president, signed a law in April that allows anyone who can legally own a gun in Florida to carry a concealed weapon without a permit.