An armed robbery suspect wanted for shooting at a police officer with an assault rifle remains on the run Friday as police shutdown a South Miami-Dade neighborhood in their efforts to find him.
Just after midnight on Thursday, three armed men robbed a desk clerk at a motel at SW 145 street and US 1 and fled in a white van.
The victim of the robbery called police and gave them a description of the van the suspects were driving, according to a CBS4 report.
A detective in plain clothes spotted the van and tried to pull it over at Southwest 190th Street and 113th Avenue. As the detective waited for backup with blue lights flashing, the suspects fired on the police car with a handgun and an assault rifle before fleeing the scene. No officers were hurt by any of the gunfire.
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Police found two suspects and recovered a handgun and later found the assault rifle nearby according to Miami-Dade Police spokesperson Det. Alvaro Zabaleta.
"They tried to kill the police officers by shooting at them and the police returned fire,” said Zabaleta.
One suspect was still at large and police set up a large area and blocked it off using helicopters, K-9 units and a special response team and asked residents to stay indoors. At 10:00 am on Friday morning the suspect was still on the loose.
Police immediately set up a perimeter from Southwest 112th Avenue to 114th Avenue and SW 187th Street to 190th Street, asking people in the area to remain inside their homes.
The scene was cleared by Friday afternoon, leaving residents free to go outside.