Brooklyn Teen Arrested In Miami Parking Space Argument That Left 2 Dead
What started as an argument over a parking space in South Beach ended with a police chase and two dead men, including one shot and killed by Miami Beach police, marking a harsh turn for the Memorial Day weekend that in recent years has been relatively low-key.
On Monday evening, police identified one of the suspects as 19-year-old Jeffery Alexander, a rapper from the New York borough of Brooklyn, who was accused of killing 30-year-old Ladarian Tyrell Phillips of Homestead in the deadly incident. Alexander has been charged with second-degree murder with a deadly weapon and second-degree attempted murder with a deadly weapon.
The initial altercation began around 10:35 p.m. Sunday at Second Street and Ocean Drive. Police say Alexander and three friends were trying to parallel park a white BMW with a New York tag along the northbound curb of Ocean Drive. Alexander was in the passenger seat. After the first attempt to park the car, the driver hit a gold Buick Regal. The driver inched forward and tried to park the BMW again, striking the vehicle “a couple more times,” according to Alexander’s arrest affidavit.
When the BMW couldn’t fit into the parking space, the driver “began force pushing the Buick back in an attempt to move the Buick,” according to the affidavit.
That’s when Phillips, who was with a friend across the street, came over and asked the BMW how many times he was going to hit his car.
As Alexander, who was standing outside the car guiding the driver, headed back to the car, the unidentified driver yelled “step the (expletive) back” to Philips and his friend. The driver then passed a handgun to Alexander, now sitting in the front passenger seat.
Alexander fired two to three shots, according to police, striking Phillips in the back and his friend in the leg. Phillips died Monday morning at Jackson Memorial Hospital. His friend was treated and released.
The BMW took off from the scene. Police, arriving on the scene about a minute later, caught up with the BMW at Alton Road and Second Street.
A chase ensued, resulting in a crash at Fifth Street and Alton Road., damaging two police cars and the BMW. The chase ended at Sixth and Alton, where police gunned down one of the BMW’s occupants. Police did not identify the shooting victim, who was transported by Miami Beach Fire Rescue to Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital, where he died Monday.
Initially, Miami Beach police detained two of the BMW’s passengers. A third fled but was picked up by police shortly thereafter. The four suspects in the BMW are New York residents. Alexander, the person arrested and charged with second-degree murder and attempted murder, had performed at a Miami Beach club Saturday, according to an Instagram post. He appears to go by the rap name 22GZ.
Monday morning, Miami Beach Police Chief Dan Oates said the two Miami Beach police officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave, as per department police. He said police recovered a gun during their investigation, and they are currently searching the area to see if any other weapons were dropped. Police did not identify the type of weapon found.
Miami-Dade police impounded the BMW. A search warrant for the car is pending.
Police have not released the name of the person shot and killed by police. In addition, police have not identified the names of the three other people in the BMW nor have police identified the names of the two officers involved in the shooting.
One resident in a nearby condo towers filmed a video where eight gunshots can be heard.