Cops Say Man Killed Wife And Son, Was Shot by SWAT Team: 'He Intended to Die Today'
A Florida man who officials say wished to die at the hands of police was shot by police in a SWAT team standoff after allegedly killing his wife and son and shooting a third person.
The third person has been identified as the suspect's attorney, whose wife told reporters the standoff was the result of domestic unrest in the Miami-Dade home of Fadel Jabado that turned deadly.
"He was getting divorced... his wife wanted to leave him," Lenore Harshman, wife of Jabado's attorney Larry Harshman, told WSVN. “And he was gonna take the kid. And Larry said, 'Well, there’s nothing I can do for you because I’m not a divorce attorney.'"
Mrs. Harshman and Miami-Dade police believe Jabado shot her husband in the stomach following that conversation.
But the drama continued as police say Fajado left Harshman's law office after shooting him and went to his own home, where he fatally shot his wife, Bassima Jabado, and their 26-year-old son Ahmed Jabado.
According to a statement from police, Mr. Jabado was subsequently found by authorities in his car. "He barricaded himself inside the vehicle, armed with a gun and refused to speak with the police," the statement read.
Police negotiators were summoned to respond to the scene after police say Fadel Jabado stated he wanted police to shoot and kill him.
"The individual did tell our negotiators that he intended to die today," Miami-Dade Police Director Juan Perez told reporters during a news conference. "He did not want to do it to himself because of his religion."
After hours of negotiation, cops say Jabado pointed a firearm at them. Several shots were fired at the suspect.
Jabado was struck an unknown number of times and airlifted to an area trauma center, where he is listed in critical but stable condition.
Mr. Harshman also remains hospitalized. A woman who answered the phone at his law firm declined to comment Friday morning.