Woman Fatally Shot By Police Serving Eviction At Brickell Building Identified As 40-Year-Old Stephanie Voikin – CBS Miami
MIAMI (CBSMiami) – She showed up to a party a year ago and never left.
That’s what a source familiar with the investigation and the building, Brooke Shafer of CBS4, said about 40-year-old Stephanie Voikin, the woman who was shot dead by police on April 6 during an eviction in Brickell.
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Voikin, who has lived on the top floor of the Brickell First apartment building at 110 SW 12 Street for a year, reportedly shot police officers with the Miami-Dade eviction task force when they broke through the front door. At least one officer returned fire and beat Voikin.
“She fired the gun and it hit our shield. Thanks to the grace of God, none of our officers have been injured, ”said Freddy Ramirez, Miami-Dade Police Directorate.
Voikin was taken to the Ryder Trauma Center, where she died.
According to our source, Voikin attended a party at the apartment on the 22nd floor a year ago. Even when the tenants who hosted the party and had a lease moved out at the start of the pandemic, Voikin stayed and became squatters, our source said.
CBS4 news partner The Miami Herald reported that Voikin had a troubled past. Her coverage said a doctor in Miami filed an injunction against her for stalking last year. The Miami Herald also reported that Voikin has been implicated in at least four civil cases in Palm Beach County since 2007.
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“I know that the woman really stayed to herself and had a few pets,” said Bianca Routt, who lives with her family on the 16th floor of the building. “I saw her in the elevator once and she was kind of aloof, a bit aggressive.”
Routt said her father woke up from a nap around 1 p.m. to the sound of gunshots
“This is one of those scenarios that we always worry about, but our officials were prepared and trained,” said Director Ramirez. “It’s just an unfortunate result, but they shot my officers.”
The building had reportedly tried evicting Voikin for a year, but it was next to impossible due to the moratorium on evictions in Miami-Dade due to the pandemic.
Miami-Dade County only recently began processing evictions filed last year.
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The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has taken over the investigation, as it does in all local police shootings.