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Sister of Hollywood Officer Murder Suspect Arrested

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Authorities arrested the sister of the suspect in the Hollywood officer's murder, Yandy Chirino, on Friday night.

17-year-old Katherine Banegas was detained by state and federal law enforcement officers at a Sunrise Walmart location.

The young woman was taken to the Lauderhill Police Department for questioning on suspicion that she stole the weapon used to kill Officer Chirino, as captured by 7 News cameras.

Jason Banegas, named as the man responsible for shooting the Hollywood officer, appeared in court earlier this week.

The defendant assured that he did not intend to assassinate agent Chirino, but to take his own life.

Judge Tabitha Blackmon said Banegas was on juvenile probation due to previous arrests and found probable cause for a felony murder charge, for which he was denied bail.

His criminal history dates back to 12 years old, when he was accused of resisting an officer without violence. Since then, he has faced charges including robbery, property damage, and grand car theft.

Court records show that Banegas had been released from a Miami-Dade County jail last month. He now faces charges that include first-degree murder, resisting an officer with violence, armed robbery and grand theft of a firearm.

Homicide

The officer, identified as 28-year-old Yandy Chirino, responded with other colleagues to a call about a suspicious person near the 4000 block of North Hills Drive around 10:30 p.m. Sunday.

Officers confronted a man who was trying to open the doors of a car in the area, but, in the middle of the altercation, Officer Chirino was shot by the suspect.

Chirino was taken to Memorial Regional Hospital where he later died.

A firearm was recovered at the scene.

Tribute

This Thursday the Miami Lakes community came together to pay tribute to a local police officer, who died after being shot several times during his work.

Chirino's parents joined the community in the tribute they paid to their son, who was highly respected.

The officer's mourners gathered around the 28-year-old's patrol.

The police funeral service  Thursday was held near the place where, according to police, Chirino was fatally run over, around 10:30 pm on Sunday.

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