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Police Officer Jose Lazaro Somohano | Miami-Dade Police Department, Florida Miami-Dade Police Department, Florida

Police Officer

Jose Lazaro Somohano

Miami-Dade Police Department, Florida

End of Watch: Thursday, September 13, 2007

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 37

Tour: 4 years

Badge # 4996

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle; AK-47

Offender: Shot and killed

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Police Officer Jose Somohano was shot and killed during a traffic stop.

Officer Somohano and his partner observed a vehicle being driven erratically. When they attempted to stop the vehicle, the driver fled on foot into a house. Officer Somohano and his partner called for back-up, and two officers who were involved in a nearby surveillance operation responded. When the two back-up officers arrived, the suspect opened fire on all four officers through a window in the house. Officer Somohano was shot and killed and the other three officers were wounded.

The suspect was located later that day in an apartment complex by members of the Broward County Sheriff's Department. He was shot and killed by the Miami-Dade SWAT team after opening fire on them when they attempted to take him into custody.

Officer Somohano had served with the Miami-Dade Police Department for four years, and had previously served with the Miami-Dade Public Schools Police Department. He is survived by his wife and two children.

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I remember being on the floor at the Communications Bureau when this incident began. To watch the dispatchers at work with something like this is truly seeing training and professionalism in motion. It seemed that the ENTIRE force of the MDPD was out looking for the subject and the dispatch floor kept track of it all. After going home that night I learned from televised news that the subject was found near the pool of an apartment complex in Miramar and was shot and killed in confrontation.
To this day there is a small memorial outside of the roll call room at the Cutler Ridge Station where Jose was stationed.
Rest In Peace Jose. God Bless you and your surviving family and loved ones.

Police Records Specialist 1, Maria Muino
Miami Dade Police Department
September 14, 2016


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