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He drank and fired his weapon. Inside his home were pitbulls and cocaine, cops say.

Miami Beach Police

A Miami Beach man frightened neighbors and caused havoc in the immediate area early Friday morning after firing bullets into the ground, then leaping from a second-floor apartment before he was taken into custody.

When police finally searched Deladiel Ernesto Caminero’s apartment, they found four baggies of cocaine and seven dogs, two of them pitbulls, police said.

After being taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital for injuries to his foot and back from the jump, police arrested Caminero, 35, and charged him with possession of cocaine, discharging a firearm in public and resisting arrest without violence. By late afternoon, Caminero had not been booked into jail.

The incident, which caused the brief lockdown of an elementary school and the closing of some adjacent streets began before sunrise when police were called to an apartment at 1535 Drexel Ave., because of shots fired.

Not long after arriving, police spotted shell casings on the ground, then heard a gunshot, said Miami Beach police spokesman Ernesto Rodriguez. They tried to enter the building, but the front entrance door was locked. So to gain entry an officer kicked the door in, Rodriguez said.

According to Caminero’s arrest form, officers found him upstairs, but when they ordered him to show his hands, Caminero fled into an apartment and locked the door. Police then set up a perimeter that extended east to Washington Avenue and helped people in the apartment to safety.

SWAT and hostage negotiators were called.

But before talks got underway with Caminero, police said he leaped from his second floor apartment and complained of injuring his foot and back once he was taken into custody by police. Police escorted him to the hospital. No one other than Caminero was injured and the school and roadways were reopened not long after police cleared the scene.

Detectives who visited Caminero at the hospital said he admitted to getting drunk and firing bullets into the ground with his handgun. Police said Caminero gave them written permission to search his apartment. Once inside they said they found cocaine on a chair and seven dogs, two of them pitbulls. Animal Control was notified.

A Miami Beach man with a knife barricaded inside a home in the 7300 block of Harding Avenue on March 29, 2019. SWAT Team responded and police negotiators tried to talk him into giving himself up.

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