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Off-duty cop was followed home, shot, had gun stolen after running errands, police say

Off-duty Doral cop shot in armed robbery at his Palmetto Bay home

An off-duty Doral police officer was shot in Palmetto Bay late Tuesday night during an armed robbery outside his home, according to Miami-Dade police.
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An off-duty Doral police officer was shot in Palmetto Bay late Tuesday night during an armed robbery outside his home, according to Miami-Dade police.

A Doral traffic officer had just returned to his Palmetto Bay home Tuesday night after running some errands when he was confronted in the driveway by at least two men who stole his gun and shot him, law enforcement sources said.

Lt. Gary King was shot at least once in the arm and underwent successful surgery. The shooters stole his gun. It’s not clear what else, if anything, was taken. Police said the shooters fled in a red, four-door Toyota Camry.

Within a few hours, police detained two men they believe took part in the incident. Miami-Dade and Doral police scheduled a news conference late Wednesday morning. It wasn’t clear Wednesday if they were going to announce arrests.

King, a 48-year police veteran who started with the Miami Police Department, also had worked for Miami-Dade police. Now he commands a traffic unit in Doral.

Someone familiar with the investigation said he was “doing well” after the surgery and was likely to be in attendance at the news confernence set for 11:45 a.m. in Doral.

Police believe that King was followed to his Palmetto Bay home in the 800 block of Southwest 139th Terrace, before he was shot.

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Doral police officer Lt. Gary King City of Doral Police Department

Miami-Dade police and fire rescue workers responded to the shooting, said police spokesman Alvaro Zabaleta. King retired from Miami-Dade police and joined the Doral Police Department 10 years ago.

Police don’t believe the gunmen knew King was a police officer. Miami-Dade’s robbery unit is investigating the shooting.

Anyone with information is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS (8477).

Miami Herald Staff Writer David Ovalle contributed to this report.

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