Police say a would-be carjacking ended with a twist in Hialeah Wednesday night when the victim turned the tables on the alleged suspect.
Some time before 10:30 p.m., officers say 41-year-old Orlando Garcia told them he was chasing someone who stole his car. The two caught up near 16th Avenue on Okeechobee Road, stepped out of cars, and got into a fight.
“There’s a confrontation between these two men,” said Hialeah Public Information Officer Eddie Rodriguez. “That’s when one man arms himself with a handgun and fires.”
I am all up for not letting a bad guy get away, specially if it is my stuff being stolen. But it is easy to get caught up with the thrill of the chase and the emotional need to feed one’s ego and not be smart about it. Follow, do not Chase.
Same event but from a different TV Station and a different point of view: WSVN-TV – Man shot after confrontation; shooter arrested.
I’ll keep an eye on this one. Might get interesting.
UPDATE: The car thief was booked for grand theft plus Hold for Immigration. He was on parole for possession with intent to sell, burglary and resisting w/o violence. I have not been able to find anything on the car owner. The name is common in the Hispanic community, but there are no records of anybody arrested under that name that I could find. It does not mean he wasn’t arrested.