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For Immediate Release:
March 16, 2016

Media Contact:
Detective Marjorie Eloi

Topic: Homicide
Case #: PD160313097503
Date & Time of Occurrence: 03/13/2016 at approx. 9:31 p.m.
Address of Occurrence: 12820 SW 268 Street
Victim #1:
Victim's Name: Sophia Cheeks, (B/F)
Victim's DOB: 01/27/1947
Victim's Age: 69
Victim's Address: 12820 SW 268 Street
  Miami, Florida
Subject #1:
Subject's Name: Joe Louis Padgett, (B/M)
Subject's DOB: 12/05/1961
Subject's Age: 54
Subject's Address: 20903 SW 125 Court Road
  Miami, Florida
Deceased #1:
Deceased's Name: Katrina C. Padgett, (B/F)
Deceased's DOB: 01/22/1970
Deceased's Age: 46
Deceased's Address: 12820 SW 268 Street
  Miami, Florida


(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- 

Detectives from the Miami-Dade Police Department’s Homicide Bureau are currently searching for Joe Louis Padgett. There is a warrant for Padgett’s arrest for the killing of his estranged wife, Katrina Padgett.

Detectives say the victim was at the Southwest Miami-Dade home of her mother Sophia Cheeks, where she was confronted by her estranged husband. There was an argument and Joe Louis Padgett produced firearm began shooting at both women. Katrina Padgett was hit several times but her mother, Sophia Cheeks, was not.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue personnel responded and pronounced Katrina Padgett deceased.

Detectives say Joe Louis Padgett, who fled the scene prior to police arrival, should be considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact CrimeStoppers
(305)471-TIPS (8477) or (866) 471-8477
Visit and select “Give a Tip”
Send a text message to 274637. Enter CSMD followed by the tip information and press send.

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