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New York man charged in fatal parking argument in Florida

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – A quarrel over a parking space in a busy tourist district result in two deadly shootings, including one involving police, Florida authorities said Monday.

The first fight began late Sunday when a white BMW tried to parallel park along Ocean Drive in the popular South Beach, according to an arrest report released by Miami Beach Police.

The space was too small for the BMW, which hit a parked Buick Regal multiple times. The Buick’s owner was standing nearby and walked with a another man to confront the other driver.

A verbal argument ensued after the Buick owner “asked the driver of the BMW, how many times was he hit with his car,” the report said.

The BMW driver said to the other men to take a step back, then gave a gun to Jeffery Alexander, 19, of Brooklyn, New York, who sat in the passenger seat, according to the report.

The police said Alexander fired several photos as the BMW drove out of the parking lot.

The Buick owner was shot in the leg. The police said Ladarian Tyrell Phillips, 30, Homestead, Florida, was fatally shot in the back.

The BMW crashed into two police cars several blocks away, but it is not completely stop until they are confronted by two officers, who fired, said police spokesman Ernesto Rodriguez.

A suspect in the car was shot and died in a hospital. Three other suspects in the car were held, including one held by a K9 officer after fleeing the scene on foot, police said.

The Buick owner, identified Alexander as the shooter, according to the arrest report.

Alexander was held without bond Monday on a Miami-Dade County jail on charges of second-degree murder and second-degree attempted murder. Jail records didn’t show whether he had a lawyer.

Miami-Dade Police are investigating the shooting, which the two officers, according to a Miami Beach Police policy, in which an external agency to investigate shootings involving officers.

Both officers were placed on administrative leave, said Rodriguez.

The name of the suspect fatally shot by police has not been released.

Crowds packed South Beach for Memorial Day weekend events, including an air show with military jets hard drive in the near of the famous beaches and Art Deco buildings. Officials have said that the events were in the procedure quiet, although Georgia man was arrested for allegedly firing a gun at an occupied taxi Saturday night in South Beach, injuring a passenger in the vehicle.

In recent years, the Memorial Day weekend was characterized by chaos, leading to hundreds of arrests, while the files overwhelmed the island city.

In 2011, a dozen officers fired more than 100 shots at a car on a crowded South Beach street, killing the driver and injuring four bystanders. The following year, a naked man chewed off parts of a homeless man’s face during a fight along a highway between Miami Beach and downtown Miami; to the homeless man survived, after police fatally shot his attacker.

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