FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The man accused of killing a Hollywood police officer Sunday night was held without bond in his initial court appearance Tuesday.
Jason Banegas, 18, is charged with shooting Officer Yandy Chirino in the face.
Chirino, 28, died of his injuries.
Banegas appeared in Broward bail court Tuesday morning after being booked into the county jail Monday night. He was chained and dressed in a suicide prevention gown and looked down most of the time, not saying much, other than briefly acknowledging Judge Tabitha Blackmon at one point.
While reading the arrest report, Blackmon also revealed that Chirino was shot in the face, leading to his death.
The judge said Banegas was on juvenile probation stemming from previous arrests and found probable cause for a crime of murder. While reading the arrest report, the judge also revealed that Chirino was shot in the face, leading to his death.
“I am going to hold him without bail based on these allegations that the victim officer was allegedly shot in the face, leading to his final death,” he said.
Banegas has an extensive criminal history dating back to the age of 12, when he was accused of resisting an officer without violence. Since then, Banegas has faced charges that include theft, property damage and grand auto theft.
Just last year, Banegas was arrested on charges of robbery, burglary and possession of marijuana and cocaine near a school.
The fatal shooting occurred around 10:30 p.m. Sunday after Hollywood police received reports of a suspicious person in the Emerald Hills community in Hollywood. Neighbors said they noticed someone was riding a bicycle, opening unlocked cars in the normally quiet neighborhood.
Chirino, who was initially not even supposed to be working that night, was shot by Banegas while the suspect was fighting with responding officers, police said.
Chirino, who graduated from Miami Coral Park Senior High and worked for the Hollywood police since 2017, is remembered as a dedicated officer who was recognized multiple times for his work ethic.
“He was a great officer and he will have a lasting impact on our community,” Hollywood Police Chief Chris O’Brien said Monday, adding that Chirino “gave his life honorably and without hesitation.”
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