MIAMI (CBS4) – An argument over a parking space reportedly led to a deadly shooting in Miami on Sunday.
It happened outside Mieses’s barber shop at 5325 N.E. 2nd Avenue.
During an argument over the parking spot, witnesses said a security guard, whose name has not been released, shot the owner of the barber shop, 37-year old Gerson Mieses.
Miami Police Officer Frederica Burden said when one of their officers arrived on the scene, he tried to separate the men.
“The security guard then took a step back and shot the employee of the barber shop, which in turn the officer stepped back and asked him to drop his weapon and then he shot the security guard,” Burden said.
Both the guard and Mieses died.
“The security guard flipped his lid and pushed someone aside and shot the barber,” said Martin Cole who saw it all go down. “The security guard came out from behind someone and then shot the barber in the chest area. I didn’t see any weapon on the barber. He was just mad and waving his hands a little bit, but I didn’t see any weapons.”
Burden said the officer who shot the guard is close to retirement and has nearly 20 years of experience.
On Sunday Dec. 8, around 12:30 p.m., Ruben Pupo, 57, was on duty patrolling the strip mall that included Sabal Palm Barber Shop when witnesses say a dispute over a parking space led to an argument with shop owner Gerson Mieses.
A Miami police officer arrived, but, as his back was turned to Pupo, the armed guard drew his weapon and fired once at Mieses, killing the 37-year-old barber shop owner, according to Miami police reports and official statements.
The Miami police officer then drew his weapon and killed Pupo.
State investigators checking Pupo’s last firearms re-certification quickly learned the killing was connected to their investigation of bogus certificates, as it was signed by an instructor who was under investigation, according to a source close to the investigation.