Officers arrest convicted felon in Opa-locka; murder remains under investigation

Officers arrested a 50-year-old man on Sunday in Opa-locka. Interim Chief Michael Steel released a statement announcing the arrest of Russell Tate who his officers considered a suspect in a Saturday morning shooting.

A gunman shot a man in the chest at about 8:50 a.m., outside of a two-bedroom home at 3141 NW 134 St., and a doctor pronounced him dead at Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center, according to Steel’s statement.

The Miami-Dade Police Department investigates homicides in Opa-locka. After Steel’s announcement, Detective Alvaro Zabaleta, a spokesman for MDPD, said his department did not consider Tate a suspect in the murder, which remained under investigation.

According to the Florida Department of Corrections, Tate was convicted of grand theft in 1994 and attempted murder in 1995. He was sentenced to six years in prison in 1998 and released from prison on Sept. 6, 2002.

Tate’s Miami-Dade Corrections mug shot was not available on Sunday evening, which indicated he had not been booked at the jail after Opa-locka’s arrest. Steel’s spokesperson said prosecutors did not believe there was enough evidence to charge Tate with the murder so Miami-Dade released him.

Tate’s Florida Department of Corrections record

Russell Tate’s Florida Department of Correction’s record.

Local 10 News Assignment Desk Editor Wilson Louis contributed to this report.

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