At around 1 a.m. Monday morning, 28-year-old Robert Young broke into the home of a U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agent.
Mr. Young, who had a criminal history that included grand theft, carrying a concealed weapon, and misdemeanor criminal mischief, smashed through a sliding glass window to gain entrance into the residence.
Once inside, Young “confronted the victim inside the residence,” Sgt. Carlos Rosario with Miami-Dade Police told CBS Miami.
Why was Young there? What were his intentions? The answers to those questions are not clear at the moment.
But the resident, who has been identified as Maria Otero wasn’t going to wait around and find out. She grabbed her government-issued .40-caliber Smith & Wesson and shot Young, killing him.
“The victim is a Customs and Border Protection officer,” Rosario said. “[She] retrieved her firearm, shots were fired and the subject has been deceased here at the residence.”
Otero isn’t just a rank and file agent. A 25-year veteran of the agency, she is the Chief of the Miami – Tampa Field Office for Customs and Border Protection.
Was Young purposely targeting Ms. Otero? Hard to say. Investigators say that the two were not acquainted.
“At this time, we have no indication that she knew the intruder,” Rosario said.
The investigation is still ongoing. Ms. Otero has been placed on administrative leave. Standard procedure because she used her duty pistol in the shooting.
Neighbors were shocked to learn about the incident.
“(I was) a bit surprised, a bit shocked, but you know, it’s a very quiet neighborhood around here,” Steve Leonard said.
“Well, it is Miami, so it can happen, but not in this neighborhood. This tends to happen in other neighborhoods,” added Leonard. “But this area has scared me always a bit because we’re so close to U.S. 1, so it’s a quick getaway.”