An armed Uber driver in Florida stopped an armed robbery attack by shooting and killing one of the suspects.
Police officers in Aventura, Florida, are investigating the shooting death of a man who was apparently attempting to rob an Uber driver. The driver shot and killed the would-be robber as he approached his car displaying weapons, WSVN 7News reported.
The Uber driver was cut off by another vehicle carrying two people. The passenger of the car jumped out of the car and allegedly approached the Uber driver’s car displaying two guns. The driver, who has a Florida Concealed Weapons License, pulled his own gun and shot the robbery suspect. The robber fell dead in the street.
The driver of the other vehicle fled the scene in a gray Dodge Caravan.
No description of the deceased robber, or the getaway driver were provided at the time of the report.
The robbery attempt took place on the westbound lanes of the Lehman Causeway early Sunday morning.
Neither the Uber driver, nor his passenger, were injured in the robbery attempt, the Miami Herald reported. Police spokesman Chris Goranitis told the Miami newspaper the Uber driver fired several shots striking the suspected robber. The robber died at the scene.
Police officials stated the Uber driver will not likely face any charges in connection with the shooting death. Florida law allows the use of deadly force to defend yourself from a situation where death or serious bodily injury are likely.
The local newspaper reported that there have been several times in the past month were robbery suspects have been shot by their intended victims. In one case, late in November, a resident heard a person banging on his door in Northeast Miami-Dade. Defending his wife and two young sons, the resident fired two shots through the door, killing the man on the other side of the door.
A second case involved a homeowner in the Miami Design District shooting and killing a burglary suspect.