Off-duty MDPD officer fatally shoots man in parking lot of Homestead Publix

A man has died after he was shot by an off-duty Miami-Dade Police officer in the parking lot of a Publix supermarket in Homestead, police said.

Disturbing cellphone video captured the moments before the shooting at the Oasis Plaza Shopping Center, located along the 2900 block of Northeast Eighth Street, Saturday evening.

Miami-Dade Police, Homestead and Miami-Dade Fire Rescue units responded to the scene of the shooting at around 6:15 p.m.

Investigators said a man was reportedly shooting his gun in the parking lot.

The cellphone video showed a security guard and Homestead Police officers demanding that the man drop his weapon.

“Once the police arrived, multiple commands are given to put that firearm down. He refuses,” said MDPD detective Alvaro Zabaleta.

That’s when, detectives said, an off-duty MDPD officer who had shown up to help intervened.

“One of our off-duty officers, when he sees what’s going on, immediately engages to assist the fellow officers, and that’s when the shots were fired, and our officer struck the subject,” said Zabaleta.

Shopper Janet Kaufman said she and her husband were inside the busy supermarket when the situation spiraled into chaos.

“All of a sudden, we hear screams and then gunshots,” she said.

Moments later, Kaufman said, Publix employees escorted shoppers to the back of the store and opened rear exits.

“It felt like in slow motion, and we see an employee from Publix tell us, ‘OK, everybody run to the back,’” she said. “It becomes chaos, people pushing each other.”

Paramedics airlifted the man to Jackson South Medical Center, where he succumbed to his injuries, police said.

Back at the scene of the shooting, the cellphone footage also captured an active police presence in the parking lot.

Like many other witnesses, Kaufman said, she was left shaken.

“This is very scary. I think that something needs to be done about gun control,” she said.

Police have nor identified the man who was shot, but they said they will have more information in the coming days.