FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida (WFOR) — A deceased Hollywood police officer has been honored a year after his death in the line of duty.

On October 17, Officer Yandy Chirino was dispatched to the tight-knit community of Emerald Hills to verify a report of a “suspicious incident.” Neighbors initially called 911 after noticing someone was trying to break into cars.

Chirino, 28, found the person, Jason Banegas, in the 4000 block of North Hills Drive. There was a fight and Chirino was shot. He was rushed to Memorial Regional Hospital where he died.

A year later, a playground was dedicated in honor of the deceased officer. During the ceremony, his community vowed to never forget the hero who protected them.

Banegas was out of jail and on probation for burglary and drug trafficking when the shooting happened. He reportedly told police he felt ‘disrespected’ by the officer and panicked, adding that he intended to kill himself and not Chirino and that the gun went off as the two stood were fighting.

He is charged with murder, armed robbery, violently resisting arrest, theft of a firearm and carrying a concealed weapon.

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