MIAMI HERALD BREAKING NEWS
A former longtime Miami-Dade School Board member shot at a car in a mall parking lot, led cops on a chase, opened fire on them, crashed and then hid in thick brush before being taken into custody, Pembroke Pines police say.
Solomon Stinson, 81, who retired from the School Board in 2010 after 14 years, faces charges including attempted homicide and aggravated assault with a firearm.
The incident began after 4 p.m. Sunday when a 911 call came in reporting that shots had been fired in the parking lot of the Pembroke Lakes Mall near the AMC movie theater.
Police say two people were properly parked in spots in the parking lot when Stinson argued with one of them, an unidentified man, then “fired shots at the male victim’s vehicle, shattering the rear window.”
Stinson then fled toward Flamingo Road, police said.
An unidentified woman then drove away from the parking lot and soon realized she was being followed, according to police. That’s when “additional shots [were] fired” near the intersection of Northwest Fourth Street and Flamingo Road, police said.
Officers spotted the car heading north on Flamingo Road and followed.
“At the intersection of Flamingo Road and Sheridan Street, the suspect discharged his firearm numerous times, toward pursuing police officers, who returned fire,” police said in a news release. “The suspect next drove westbound on Sheridan Street at a high rate of speed. He lost control and drove down an embankment near the 13800 block of Sheridan Street, then ultimately crashed into undeveloped and dense landscape.”
Residents were told to stay inside and nearby streets were shut down. The department told drivers to “avoid the area of Sheridan Street, between Flamingo Road and I-75,” because all lanes were blocked.
Police say Stinson was “unwilling to surrender,” but was eventually taken into custody with the “use of a less lethal weapon.”
He was taken to Memorial Hospital West with minor injuries.
No officers or civilians were injured. The Broward Sheriff’s Office will investigate the officer-involved shooting, as per department policy.
While police did not confirm that Stinson was the former School Board member, a check of the birthday and address released matched the identity. WSVN first reported the connection earlier Sunday evening.
Police say that before the shootings in Pembroke Pines — just before 4 p.m. — Stinson “committed an aggravated assault in the City of Miramar.”
In that incident, police say a woman “approached the suspect’s vehicle within the Monarch Lakes residential community” and he pointed a firearm at her as “he drove slowly through her neighborhood.”