Footage captured a tense standoff between officers and an escaped convict who had taken hostages in a Florida Victoria’s Secret store.
Thursday evening, officers from the Miami Beach Police Department (MBPD) responded to a disturbance call from a retail location where a man had been suspected of shoplifting. When they arrived, they found a suspect holding two females hostage, said to be a woman and a teenage girl, by knife point.
What officers didn’t know at the time was the man, later identified as 29-year-old Darien Young, had escaped from New Hampshire transitional housing on July 21.
Video from within the store showed an officer approaching a corner of the store where the suspect was holding one hostage with a knife at her throat. The officer quickly retreated in what appeared to be an effort to de-escalate the situation as he could be heard saying, “Put it down, man. Put it down,” while the suspect shouted “False arrest!”
Warningthis video may be difficult to watch.
A woman and a teenage girl held hostage by a man with a knife, inside a store on Lincoln Road Thursday night.
A Miami Beach Police Officer shot and killed the knife wielding man.
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— WPLG Local 10 News (@WPLGLocal10) July 28, 2023
The videographer proceeded to exit the store before an MBPD officer, later identified by 7News as veteran Corey Jackson, fired upon the suspect, critically injuring him with no harm to the hostages.
An employee of a nearby shop told 7News Miami of the incident, “All I hear is ‘pa, pa, pa. It was like four or five shots. I already know it’s something major. Could be a hostage situation.”
A statement from the police after they explained in brief, “An officer discharged his firearm, striking the subject. The subject was transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Unit and is in critical condition. The two victims are safe and speaking with detectives.”
The following day, a statement from the New Hampshire Department of Corrections confirmed both the identity of the suspect and his death as a result of the gunshot wound from Officer Jackson whom 7News reported was seen outside the store moments after discharging his weapon being consoled by fellow officers.
“Young was identified as a suspect stealing at a retail store in Miami Beach and when Miami Beach Police arrived was threatening two individuals at knife point. An officer discharged his firearm, striking Young. There were no other injuries reported,” the statement reiterated.
The NHDOC went on to explain that “Young was incarcerated for receiving stolen property (2 counts), controlled drug acts prohibited, burglary, and falsifying physical evidence, with a minimum parole eligibility date of July 31, 2023, and a maximum release date of January 31, 2028.”
The suspect had been housed at the minimum-security Calumet House transitional housing unit in Manchester, New Hampshire at the time of his escape. It remained unclear if there was a motive behind his travel to South Florida as well as the means taken to get there.
At the time of this post, the identities of the hostages remained undeclared.
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