MIAMI — It was a scene out of any old gangster movie. Dozens of flashing cop car sirens blared and lit up the night. Hundreds of rounds of ammunition could be heard piercing the air.
It ended after a 56-second barrage of gunfire and only one man was shot and killed. No police officers were injured.
Alexander Carballido, an ex-con on probation and released from prison in July for carjacking and assaulting a police officer and who was wanted for sodomizing a man earlier in the day during a home invasion, lost a battle with at least a dozen cops in a shootout not far from Miami International Airport, several law enforcement sources told the Miami Herald.
Police said Carballido, 40, was firing at them with an AK-47. They said they found several other weapons in the vehicle. At least a dozen officers from multiple agencies opened fire on Carballido during the exchange.
“The FBI was investigating a fugitive case. The suspect of this investigation fled the scene. And he was armed,” FBI spokesman Brian Waterman said after the shootout. “He (the suspect) was involved in a hate-crime investigation.
Law enforcement sources said they began trailing Carballido Thursday after being informed of an armed home invasion earlier in the day in which he performed a lewd act on a man. At about 8 p.m., he began firing at police from his vehicle near the intersection of Northwest 72nd Avenue and Seventh Street.
The intense gunfire was captured on cellphone video by a woman on the balcony of an apartment overlooking the crime scene.
Mid-morning Friday, Miami police were knocking on the door of a home in the 8600 block of Southwest 34th Terrace. Police, who had not officially released Carballido’s name, said they were trying to notify his next of kin about the man’s death.
Carballido, 44, spent nearly a decade in prison for carjacking, aggravated assault on a police officer and fleeing and eluding police. In that case, police said, he pushed his girlfriend out of his car, tried running over a Miami cop, then crashed it. He then carjacked a woman with a machete and was later arrested at Mount Sinai Medical Center on Miami Beach.
After those offenses, a police spokesman said, “What we’re talking about is a cracked-out, machete-wielding moron who went on his on personal countywide crime spree.”