A Florida man is now behind bars after he reportedly lured police
officers to his apartment by filing a false report then began shooting
at them as they investigated the incident.
The incident occurred Tuesday at an apartment complex on Northwest 85th Court in Doral.
Authorities say 34-year-old Sergio Van Kanten contacted them claiming that six men broke into his apartment and burglarized him.
When authorities arrived, they heard several gunshots coming from
inside of the apartment. Fearing for the safety of anyone who may have
been inside, officials broke down the door. That’s when Van Kanten
turned the gun on them:
“Fearing for the safety and welfare of anyone who might be in the
apartment, the officers conducted a forced entry and kicked down the
door, at which time additional gunshots were fired in the direction of
the door,” Rey Valdes of the Doral Police Department said in a news
The SWAT team was called to the area and after several hours of negotiation, Van Kanten surrendered to police.
During a police interview Van Kanten told officers that he filed the
false report and also admitted to shooting at a police cruiser that was
parked outside of the apartment in April.
He has since been arrested and is now facing charges of three counts
of attempted murder on a law enforcement officer and one count each of
discharging a firearm in public and use of a firearm during the
commission of a felony.