Man killed by Miami-Dade police was conflictive, neighbors say

Kendall West residents said when they heard a woman screaming Wednesday, they knew who she was.

A mother regularly argued with her son, Richard Hollis, and sometimes police officers needed to respond to their apartment at the Peppermill Condominium complex, at 8000 SW 149 Ave.

On Wednesday, officers rushed inside the apartment when no one answered the door. Earlier this year, officers arrested Hollis for battery on an elderly neighbor.

“He pushed me and I fell backward,” the victim said in Spanish about the battery in April.

On Wednesday, officers reported Hollis was armed with two knives and refused to comply with officers’ commands. One of the officers fatally shot Hollis.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue personnel took Hollis to HCA Florida Kendall Hospital, formerly the Kendall Regional Medical Center, where a doctor pronounced him dead.

Neighbors, including the one who was a victim of battery, described Hollis’s mother as a “nice lady” and a “wonderful person” who had two dogs and was courteous and kind.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s investigation into the police-involved shooting was ongoing on Thursday evening.


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