Man charged with first degree murder in fatal shooting of Hollywood cop
HOLLYWOOD, Florida – An 18-year-old man was indicted on Thursday by a grand jury on a charge of first degree murder in connection with the shooting death of Hollywood policeman Yandy Chirino.
Jason Banegas’s arraignment is expected to be scheduled for the near future.
He is currently being held without bail after police say he shot Chirino in the face on October 17 with a stolen gun when he was charged with attempting to break into cars in the community Emerald Hills on North Hills Drive, near 43rd Avenue.
“He said he was disrespected by the officer and panicked because he carried a concealed gun and did not want to return to jail as he had just been released 30 days ago,” said declared an arrest report.
Chirino, 28, died of his injuries.
According to authorities, Banegas was on probation at the time of the shooting and has a long criminal history.
âAs standard office procedure, Broward State Attorney Harold F. Pryor and a panel of senior prosecutors will review all available facts, evidence and circumstances before deciding whether to seek the hearing. life imprisonment or the death penalty in this case, âa press release from the state prosecutor’s office was read.
Prosecutors are due to rule within 45 days of Banegas being arraigned.
Banegas is charged with first degree murder with a firearm, armed robbery of a home, two counts of attempted robbery of a conveyance, possession of a firearm, resistance to an officer with violence and assault and battery on a police officer.
Her sister, Katherine Banegas, 17, was arrested for stealing the weapon used in the September shooting.
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