Raymond Bishop, a Korean War vet in his 80s, was fatally shot by at least four Miami-Dade police officers at his ground floor apartment on Monday. The despondent vet had been fighting eviction from his subsidized apartment over “unauthorized” service dogs.
Raymond Bishop, an 84-year-old military veteran who had been fighting eviction from his apartment building, was shot and killed by Miami-Dade police on February 12, 2018.
Officers were called to the Hidden Grove apartment complex after Bishop allegedly threatened to kill himself.
A confrontation ensued after Bishop allegedly pointed a gun at officers just outside the doorway of his ground floor unit.
Miami-Dade officers pleaded with Bishop to put the gun down. Apparently, one officer even praised Bishop’s military background and experience in the Korean War in an effort to get him to surrender.
When all of that failed and Bishop remained a potential threat, at least four officers opened fire.
“These officers begged this gentleman to put the weapon down,” said Florida Police Benevolent Association President John Rivera. “They had no choice. These are situations officers are confronted with daily, and it’ll remain with them forever.”
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating the shooting.
Raymond Bishop Facing Eviction, Fighting Mood Disorder
Bishop had been fighting eviction from his Hidden Grove apartment, a complex that is subsidized by Miami-Dade County’s housing authority.
“They were throwing him out. He had nowhere to go,” said Jonathan Rodriguez, a neighbor who said he regularly took Bishop to the veterans’ hospital for medical treatment and often fed him as well.
In 2017, Bishop went to court to fight an eviction notice from his unit at at 13831 SW 270th Street. According to the lawsuit, Bishop was “harboring unauthorized pet dogs,” Ranger, a 30-pound pooch and 13-pound Roxie.
Bishop allegedly let the dogs out without a leash. According to the suit, one of the dogs attacked and injured another resident. In addition to the dogs, which were not hurt during the shootout, Bishop also owned fish.
According to court records, Bishop was disabled and used a walker. He was also being treated for a “mood disorder.”
A psychiatrist with the Miami Veterans Affairs Medical Center said Roxie and Ranger had a “tremendously favorable influence” on Bishop. In a letter filed in the court record, Dr. Ernest Grenier wrote that “Mr. Bishop’s pets, in this case, has provide invaluable emotional therapeutic benefit.”