1 hospitalized after police-involved shooting
NORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, Fla. (WSVN) -- Miami-Dade Police detectives are currently investigating a shooting where an officer was forced to fire, injuring a burglary suspect.
The shooting ended with a car crash at the intersection of Northwest 79th Street and 39th Avenue, under a Metrorail station, early Tuesday morning. A white sedan and gray-colored sport utility vehicle could be seen smashed at the scene.
Police said this all started as a burglary call at around 5 a.m. A responding officer, who is a 6-year veteran, noticed a suspicious vehicle in the area. The officer located the gray Isuzu Rodeo at 79th Street and 35th Avenue with two people inside. Police said, the passenger fled the vehicle on foot, and then the driver revved his engine, slamming right into the officer's car. She felt threatened, so she fired upon the vehicle, police said.
The SUV then sped away. Moments later, the vehicle crashed into an innocent bystander in the white sedan. After the crash, police said, the shot driver took of running. He would be found soon after, suffering a single gunshot wound. "The driver of the Izusu had fled on foot and a description was given," said Miami-Dade Police Lt. Rosanna Cordoro-Stutz. "He was apprehended a short ways away from here. He did have one gunshot wound, and he is currently in critical condition in JMH."
The driver faces charges of attempted murder of an officer and vehicle theft. "I saw him. He was the one that came out and went like this," said Ali Valle-Gonzalez as he covered his head with both hands imitating the suspect's action, "and ended up running off."
The elderly driver in the white sedan was also transported to JMH. He is listed in critical condition.
The officer was OK and could be seen talking to investigators on the scene.
Police continue to investigate and have 79th Street blocked off with crime scene tape between 32nd and 30th Avenues.
The passenger of the SUV, however, remains at large. Police are currently looking for that subject, described as a white male. If you have any information on that man's whereabouts, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward.
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