Police made an arrest in the deadly shooting of an employee for AAA was shot during an altercation in a Kendall neighborhood Tuesday afternoon.
Miami-Dade Police say that 63-year-old Jesus Esquivel admitted to opening fire on Magdiel Hernandez, 38, after he responded to a service call in the area of Southwest 99th Street and 87th Court.
According to the arrest report, Esquivel got into an argument on the phone with another driver over the time it was taking for a response to his call. Esquivel allegedly made threats to that driver, who called his bosses and asked for another driver to be sent out.
At that point, the company sent Hernandez to the call. When he arrived, Esquivel opened fire and hit Hernandez several times in the torso. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
AAA Employee Shot and Killed in Kendall, 1 in Custody
An employee for AAA died after a shooting in a Kendall neighborhood Tuesday afternoon, family told NBC 6.(Published Tuesday, July 11, 2017)
Hernandez worked for AAA for 10 years, family members said.
"He's a very good guy, good service-minded individual, has been working doing this for years," said the victim's friend, Roberto Flavio.
Esquivel was taken to the hospital for medical attention and later released into police custody to be interviewed, where he admitted to the crime.
"It's unbelievable for something so small to be so big...how it happened," said Victor Cazanas, the victim's friend.
AAA released a statement in regards to Hernandez's death:
"We are profoundly saddened by this tragic incident that took place today. On behalf of all of us at AAA, our heartfelt condolences go out to the victim’s family and friends during this most difficult time. Eliminating deaths and injuries on our roadways are top priorities for AAA. This incident was reported to the police who have begun an investigation. AAA will cooperate fully with any all police investigations."
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AAA Roadside Employee Killed During Kendall Service Call
Police identified the victim as 38-year-old Magdiel Hernandez of Pinecrest.
By Paul Scicchitano (Patch Staff) - Updated July 11, 2017 10:56 pm ET
KENDALL, FL — An employee of AAA Roadside Assistance was shot to death on Tuesday afternoon after an apparent quarrel during a service call. Police said that 38-year-old Magdiel Hernandez of Pinecrest was called to a residence where he was shot at 3:18 p.m. The shooting occurred in the 9900 block of SW 87th Court.
"According to investigators, shortly after 3 p.m., uniform officers responded to a 9-1-1 call of a male shot," explained Detective Argemis Colome of the Miami-Dade Police Department. "Officers arrived on scene and discovered the victim suffering from multiple gunshot wounds, they made contact with a second male on the scene who was uncooperative and requested to be transported to the hospital."
Miami-Dade Fire Rescue pronounced the victim dead on the scene. The suspect was described as being in his 60s.
"Preliminary investigation revealed that a verbal altercation ensued between the two males resulting in the fatal shooting," Colome explained.
Police said that the second male was taken to Baptist Hospital, but they would not immediately disclose his involvement. "The second man was uncooperative with police and requested to be transported to the hospital, which was done by Rescue," Colome added.
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Cops charge man who requested AAA with killing worker sent to assist him
By Alexandria Bordas and Charles Rabin
When Jesus Esquivel was told Tuesday afternoon that the battery he needed for his 2003 Cadillac Escalade wasn’t available, the Kendall resident exploded, shouting expletives at the American Automobile Association employee on the other end of the phone line.
The worker transferred the call back to dispatch, which sent another driver to help the 63-year-old fix his car. A short while later that driver, Pinecrest resident Magdiel Hernandez, a hard-working, 38-year-old churchgoer with a fiancée and a few family members in South Florida, was dead, shot as many as seven times, said his uncle Roberto Flavio.
“Me and his siblings are his closest relatives here. We rely on each other. It’s almost too surreal right now to process this loss when it so easily could have been his co-worker,” Flavio said while standing outside of Esquivel’s Kendall home. “It’s so sad. I’m just getting ready to be the one to console my family.”
Esquivel requested and was taken to Baptist Hospital after the shooting. Early Wednesday, police arrested and charged him with second-degree murder with a deadly weapon.
Magdiel Hernandez, who was shot and killed as he answered a call for the American Automobile Association (AAA) in Kendall on Tuesday afternoon, July 11, 2017, his family said. Via Facebook.
“We received a 911 call that two males were involved in a verbal altercation. One man was shot several times and was announced deceased on the scene. The other individual involved in the altercation requested to be transported to a nearby hospital,” said Miami-Dade police Detective Argemis Colome.
Colome said Esquivel, at least early on, was not cooperative with police. He also wouldn’t say how many times Hernandez was shot. Esquivel’s arrest affidavit says he also became irate because of the length of time it took for AAA to arrive at his home.
Flavio said the argument between the two men began early Tuesday afternoon when AAA received a call from Esquivel, who said he needed a battery for his beige Escalade. When he was told one wasn’t available, Flavio said that Esquivel yelled, “I will kick your ass and you better not show up at my house” to the AAA employee.
Flavio said he learned what happened from Hernandez’s brother and his co-worker who was cussed out on the phone, both of whom work for AAA. Flavio said after Esquivel stopped cussing, the call was transferred to Hernandez, who went to the tree-lined home at 9955 SW 87th Ct.
Three persons talk at the scene at 9955 SW 87th Ct. where a man on call for AAA was shot and killed Tuesday afternoon, July 11, 2017, the man’s family said. Police have not identified the victim, although a man who said he was the victim’s uncle identified his nephew as Magdiel Hernandez.
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Police said it was 3:18 p.m when they received a call of an argument and shooting at the home. When they arrived they found Hernandez dead and quickly detained Esquivel, who put up a brief fight while being placed in a patrol car. In the car, Esquivel demanded to be taken to the hospital.
“We got him the medical attention and he was transported and one of our detectives followed [him] there,” Colome said.
Flavio said Esquivel, 6-2, 270 pounds and bilingual, is not a stranger to AAA and that he told workers he’s a former Navy Seal. He often wears a hat with military insignia, Flavio said.
As for Hernandez, Flavio said he was a religious man who attended church every Sunday and that most of his family, including his mother and grandmother, live in Nicaragua.
“He was a really good guy,” Flavio said. “A lot of people are going to be very sad about this.”
The scene at 9955 SW 87th Court in Kendall where a man was shot and killed Tuesday afternoon, July 11, 2017. The man worked for AAA and was on a call, according to law enforcement sources. Police have not identified the victim, although a man who said he was the victim’s uncle identified his nephew as Magdiel Hernandez. Patrick Farrell email@example.com