Broward County

A man runs into a canal as police arrive. He didn’t come out

A North Dade man drowned early Thursday morning after running out of a neighborhood, crossing the county line and landing in a canal shortly after police were called to investigate a car burglary in progress.

Miami-Dade police identified the man as Rasheed Smith, 29, who lived at 20151 NW 59th Court.

The incident began just north of the Miami-Dade County line in Miramar.

According to Miramar police, a predawn 911 call of an attempted car burglary in progress launched several officers in and around a gated Vizcaya community that had seen several car burglaries recently. One of the officers outside the neighborhood saw a man run across Honey Hill Road and go into the canal around the 13000 block.

Miramar police spokeswoman Tania Rues said several officers tried to get Smith out, yet he still went under. Davie Fire Rescue’s dive team arrived to retrieve his body. But with the canal on the Miami-Dade side of the county line, Miami-Dade police handled the investigation.

Rues said Miramar police didn’t know why Smith was running or why he ran into the canal. She said police hadn’t been chasing Smith and he wasn’t a suspect in the car burglaries.

But a Facebook post from an area resident says a man ran when police arrived to investigate the car burglary.

Smith has been convicted of burglary, car burglary, petit theft and trespassing, according to records.

David J. Neal: 305-376-3559, @DavidJNeal