Police said man killed by cops had a gun, his family said he had his hands up

 
By Alex Harris
 

A 21-year-old man, a new father and avid dirtbiker, was shot to death Friday night by Miami-Dade Police outside a duplex in West Perrine. 

Family members identified the dead man as Jamal Rollins. They said police shot him five times while he stood outside his car with his hands up. A police spokesman said Rollins had a gun.

Carlos Rosario, the spokesman, said officers pulled Rollins over because he was driving erratically. A passenger got out and fled, then Rollins jumped out and “produced a firearm,” Rosario said. 

“We do have one subject at the scene who is deceased. We also have one firearm at the scene,” he said.

Police are still looking for the passenger, but officers have not released a description of the man.

The shooting happened about 6:40 p.m. in the 10100 block of West Indigo Street in the Perrine Gardens neighborhood.

“They shot my cousin with no problem, like he was an animal,” said Monique Douglas. “They will kill an African-American man with no problem.”

She said Rollins, father to a 1-year-old boy, did not own a gun. 

“If they wanted to stop him they should have shot him in the leg,” said Rollins’ aunt, Trithena Rollins. “They should not have killed him.”

On a porch near the scene of the shooting, a man who said he rode dirtbikes with Rollins but would not give his name held a lit white candle to honor his friend.