Hammocks District police team prevents shooting

Among Hammocks District officers honored on June 29 are (l-r, rear) George McReynolds, Timothy Taylor, Andres Saenz, Joseph Naranjo; (front) Sgt. Nathan Jackson, Officer Kristina Lageyre and Lt. Eugenio Fernandez.

A team of 10 Miami-Dade Police Hammocks District officers is credited with preventing a second homicide on June 7 after the slaying of a woman the same day at a SW 39th Terrace residence.

Through the Coral Gables Communications Center, the son of the slain woman claimed the shooter was his father, and was on his way to shoot him at his Kendall home on SW 62nd Street.

With all 10 arriving at the Kendall address, a center dispatcher notified the team of an approaching car with a license matching that of the subject, noting the vehicle was just three blocks away.

When Lt. Eugenio Fernandez saw the vehicle headed to the son’s home, he conducted a felony stop at SW 62nd Street and 147th Avenue.

As he arrested the subject, a black revolver fell to the road from the subject’s waistband.

“This is a case where alertness and coolness is the key,” said Capt. Miguel Hernandez, representing Maj. Alexander D. Casas, commander of Hammocks District.

“There was little question that a second homicide would have taken place — but the apprehension of the subject prevented a potential second shooting.”

For their attention to duty and dedication, Maj. Casas nominated the entire team as Officers of the Month for June. They include: Lt. Fernandez, Sgt. Nathan Jackson, Sgt. Richard Zahalka, and Officers George McReynolds, Kristina Lageyre, Joseph Ludwick, Joseph Naranjok, Andres Saenz, Daniel Bernatt and Timothy Taylor.

CAC chair James Blough presented each with citations at the June 29 Hammocks District CAC meeting.

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