Miami-Dade County

Cop shoots man who stabbed wife, rammed patrol car and lunged at officer, police say

A Miami police officer shot a man early Tuesday morning after a confrontation at a home where the man's wife was found stabbed and bleeding.
A Miami police officer shot a man early Tuesday morning after a confrontation at a home where the man's wife was found stabbed and bleeding.

Manuel Alvarez was shot by a Miami police officer Monday night after stabbing his wife, taking off in his car, returning to the crime scene and rear-ending a cop car there, before lunging at an officer with a knife, police said.

A law enforcement source familiar with the incident said Alvarez, 35, was likely upset about a recent divorce. He was shot in the shoulder and was taken to the hospital in stable condition.

Alvarez’s ex-wife Zuarmis Rubio Gonzalez, 36, was stabbed repeatedly, according to police and was taken to the Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital in critical condition. The officer, who has not been named, was not injured.

“It was outside the home. He stabbed her in the street,” said Miami Police Detective Rene Pimentel.

Police received a call before midnight Monday about a woman who had been stabbed multiple times at a home at 115 SW 36th Ave. When they arrived, they found Gonzalez bleeding on the roadway outside her home. Police believe the stabbing began in the home and she managed to get outside before collapsing.

The woman managed to tell police that Alvarez stabbed her.

By the time police arrived, Alvarez was long gone. Police were now searching for him under the assumption he had taken off in his Chevrolet Cruze. As officers were investigating the scene at the home, Alvarez returned in the Cruze. It was 12:34 a.m. Tuesday.

For some unknown reason, when Alvarez returned to the home, he rear-ended a police officer’s patrol vehicle, then got out of the car with his hands bloodied, police said. That, however, didn’t stop Alvarez from lunging toward the officer with his knife.

“The officer had to fire. He struck him in the shoulder,” Pimentel said.

Acting Police Chief Luis Cabrera said the officer fired his weapon twice. One of the bullets hit him in the shoulder. Alvarez was taken into custody and taken to Jackson Memorial. Charges are pending.

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