A man wanted in connection with a murder was shot by police Tuesday after peeling away from a funeral procession for his brother, police said.
Wadson Darnel Sagaille, 24, was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The officer, who hasn’t been named, wasn’t injured.
Miami-Dade’s Robbery Intervention Detail staked out the funeral looking for Sagaille, who had an open arrest warrant by Miami police for second-degree murder with a deadly weapon, said Miami-Dade Police Det. Alvaro Zabaleta.
Miami police wouldn’t go into details of the case Tuesday and the Miami-Dade state attorney’s office said it didn’t have enough information to gather the arrest warrant.
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According to police, Sagaille was driving a Nissan Murano as part of the funeral procession at Northwest 17th Avenue and 73rd Street when he took off after police tried to stop him. He stopped a block later at Northwest 74th Street and got out of his car before there was an exchange of gunfire.
“A traffic stop was then initiated with a marked police vehicle, when the subject brandished a firearm, which led to shots being fired,” said Miami-Dade Police Det. Daniel Ferrin.
A Glock semi-automatic pistol with a magazine extension believed to belong to Sagaille remained covered by a white cloth on 17th Avenue long after Sagaille was transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital. Police helicopters flew overhead taking crime scene photos. The officer who shot Sagaille, who hasn’t been named, will likely take three days of desk duty before returning to the streets.
Police said Sagaille was also wanted for extortion.
Dr. Darrin Ellis said he was leading a funeral procession when he heard gunshots. He said he thought it was “another typical shooting’’ in the area until he found out it was the brother of the person he was burying.
“I'm just as baffled as anyone else,’’ Ellis said. “I'm trying to put some sense to the matter and try to come up with a resolution to see what's really going on here and try to get to the truth of the matter.’’
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement will look into the shooting then pass its findings on to the state attorney, which will decide whether it was a good shot.
Miami Herald Staff Writer Charles Rabin contributed to this report.