While four armed men argued in front of a Northwest Miami-Dade supermarket, one of the men grabbed another’s gold chain off his neck.
This set off a chain of events Wednesday night that left an unmarked police car shot and two smashed cars — one of which was not involved with the crime.
The four men were arrested — one of whom is now facing a felony charge of attempted murder of a law enforcement officer.
The men were identified as:
▪ Bienvenido Valera, 24, charged with two counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and trespassing with a dangerous weapon. He also had a warrant.
▪ Antonio Jones, 25, who was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and trespassing with a dangerous weapon.
▪ Theodist Grimes, 26, charged with attempted murder of a law enforcement officer, armed robbery, weapon possession while committing an offense and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon.
▪ Wendell Clark, 24, charged with fleeing and eluding police at a high speed and resisting arrest.
All four men remained in jail Thursday.
The incident began at about 5:40 p.m. Wednesday, after police received a call about a robbery at a market on Northwest 79th Street and 10th Avenue. When a sergeant arrived, he spotted a gun in one of the men’s waistband.
A fight between the sergeant and Grimes ensued. Grimes got away, but was picked up by Clark in a silver Ford Fusion, police said. That car was spotted by detectives in the department's Robbery Intervention Detail (RID) on the way to the original call.
Despite efforts to stop the car, Clark kept going. Police said that Grimes then fired at detectives and struck an unmarked red police car.
The car then crashed into a pickup truck at Northwest 95th Street and 24th Avenue. Both men took off running, but were caught and arrested.