Florida police officer shooting: Judge orders 18-year-old suspect to be held without bond


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Hollywood police officer Yandy Chirino was taken to a nearby hospital where she later died

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On Tuesday morning, a judge ordered the execution of an 18-year-old man Shooting of a South Florida police officer.

Judge Tabitha Blackmon also ordered Jason Benegas to undergo a mental health check at the request of his public defender. Banegus, who was released on juvenile probation a few weeks ago, kept his head down during his first appearance hearing on Tuesday.


Banegas is accused of shooting Hollywood police officer Yandy ChirinoHollywood Police Chief Chris O’Brien said the 28-year-old came face-to-face during a brawl following a suspicious incident call in the neighborhood near the Emerald Hills Country Club on Sunday night.

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Chirino was taken to a nearby hospital, where he later died. O’Brien said Benegas was taken into custody at the scene and taken into custody that night.

Court records show that Benegas was released from the Miami-Dade County Jail last month, and faces charges of theft, trespassing and cocaine. He is currently lodged in the Broward County Jail on multiple charges, including premeditated felony, resisting an officer with violence, armed theft and grand theft of a firearm.

Residents were called to the neighbourhood, after residents noticed a youth riding a bike and checking door handles of vehicles on Sunday night.

Chirino had been in the department for four years and was named officer of the month in June 2020.

“He was a great officer and will have a lasting impact on our community,” the police chief said during a news conference on Monday, adding that Chirino “gave his life dignified and without hesitation.”

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