Mario Cruz, 27, was gunned down after he stabbed his ex-girlfriend and her roommate and then ran towards Deputy Gregory Stanley, holding carving knives.
"There are worse people on the streets," Arana, 47, said. "This was too much
violence. He wasn't armed with a gun. He merely had a knife.''
Actually, he had two knives - and used them to repeatedly stab two people. Check out the story by reporter Ani Martinez.
Still, Arana says the deputy should have aimed for her son's leg, rather than shooting at him multiple times.
But BSO says that's not how they operate.
"We don't fire warning shots in the air,'' said Elliot Cohen, a BSO spokesman. "We don't shoot weapons out of peoples hands. We don't aim for the legs of a man who is racing towards us with two carving knives and has the potential to kill our deputy."
Arana, who lives in New Jersey, flew down to South Florida after that her son had been killed.
She said that he had no history of violence and lashed out against his ex-girlfriend, Maria Borrero, because she provoked him.
"My son was furious because she was playing with his heart," Arana said.
Cruz and Borrero, who was released from the hospital the same day of the stabbing, met while living in New Jersey in 2004, Arana said.
A year later, Cruz moved to Coral Springs to escape the cold weather. Borrero followed soon after and they moved in together.
Three months ago, Cruz called his mother at her home in Somerville, N.J., telling her that his relationship with Borrero was over and she had moved out.
But even after the separation, they continued seeing each other, Arana said.
Borrero would spend the night at Cruz's apartment, her mail continued to be delivered to his place and, last month, they traveled together to New Jersey to visit their families, Arana said.
"If she didn't want him, why did she always come over?" Arana said. "She should have just cut him out of her life."
Borrero is still shaken up from the incident, a relative in New Jersey said today. She is on her way to her hometown in New Jersey to recover with family.