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Judge Wants Wealthy Aunt On Hook For Accused Cop Shooter's Bond

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The debate on whether a man accused of shooting a North Miami Beach cop should be let go has been reset for Monday.

Elton Bandoo's family is pushing for his release following his February arrest but the state is demanding the family prove it can guarantee that they have enough in property to cover his bond if he skips.

In late April, a judge granted Bandoo a half a million dollar bond but the state said it will move for Bandoo to remain jailed, arguing he may be a danger to the community.

A judge presiding over the case has asked that Bandoo's wealthy Bahamian aunt be responsible for most of the $500,000 bond.

In addition to that condition, the judge wants a Bahamian law expert to testify to the accessibility of the aunt's assets. In other words, that they can access money should Bandoo escape.

Officers arrested Bandoo on February 6th after he allegedly came out of his home and fired a gun three times while police were trying to serve a warrant at his home in the area of Northeast 160th Street and 8th Avenue.

Two of the rounds fired struck North Miami Beach Police Officer Lino Diaz.

Bandoo is now charged with attempted first degree murder of a law enforcement officer.

Bandoo said he fired the gun in self-defense since he was awakened by loud bangs and his mother screaming they were being robbed.

Investigators did not release details on why they were serving the warrant, but after the raid they said they found several computers and the names of at least 200 people along with their social security numbers inside his closet, among other things in the home.

While he has not been charged with a federal crime, investigators believe he may have been involved in a scheme of filing false tax returns and unemployment claims.

If he is released, he will be on house arrest and must wear an ankle monitor.

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