By The scene is a common one in South Florida. Police and property personnel stand at a door to serve an eviction notice.
Even with the tension and armed officers, no one expects gunfire.
At an oceanfront Miami Beach condo Monday, with tourists splashing and dining a block away, a routine eviction process turned deadly.
Shot to death: an admired, hard-working day laborer.
Injured: a Miami-Dade police officer serving the notice and a furniture mover who came to assist.
Also injured: the unidentified suspect, who was shot by police and was in Jackson Memorial Hospital late Monday.
The laborer, Alberto Gomez, 60, who had taken the part-time job just for the day, was killed at the Royal Atlantic Condominium, an 11-story building at 465 Ocean Dr.
Tenants and an attorney involved in the eviction said Gomez and the officers had gone to Apt. 211, a 665-square-foot unit that had been at the center of a legal battle between Joseph Richer, 44, and his father, Charles Richer, 76, of Aventura.
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