A man who reportedly tried to rob a Bank of America was shot and killed by police on Saturday just blocks away from Art Basel, the annual art world gathering in the city.
Witnesses said he could be seen causing a commotion inside the shop. Police said he refused to leave the shop.
He emerged with a straight edge razor in his hand.
The incident that followed, in which police officers confront and ultimately shoot the man as he stands before them, was caught on video by a bystander. A warning—the video contains graphic images.
A statement issued by the Miami Beach police department reads:
The subject emerged with a straight edge razor in his hand. Shots were fired and the subject is deceased. Pursuant to departmental policy, Miami-Dade County Police Department will be investigating the shooting. The FBI and Miami Beach Police Department will be investigating the bank robbery.
On Friday evening, Art Basel played host to another violent incident: one female attendee reportedly stabbed another with an X-Acto knife. Shocked onlookers said that they thought the incident was part of a performance piece.