Miami-Dade County

Man wanted on warrants shoots at Miami-Dade police, escapes in stolen car

Mathew Pryor
Mathew Pryor COURTESY of the Miami-Dade Police Department

A man who police were tracking over outstanding warrants shot at detectives and escaped in a stolen car early Tuesday morning, police said.

Detectives from the Miami-Dade Police Department were seeking Matthew Pryor, 30, for two outstanding probation warrants.

As detectives approached Pryor at at 2290 NE 136th St., police said he began firing at them. Officers began to set up a perimeter when they received a call regarding a carjacking matching Pryor’s description.

“While he was running across 135th Street,” said Lt. John Jenkins from Miami-Dade Police, “there’s preliminary information that he was possibly struck by a vehicle. At which time, he immediately got up and was able to carjack a female who was getting ready for work this morning.”

The victim of the carjacking was not hurt. Pryor took a silver 2011 Nissan Rogue with Florida tag E59-5JT and was last seen fleeing westbound in the Nissan, police said.

Pryor’s mother is urging her son not to run.

“Matthew! Come home, please turn yourself in,” she said. “Please turn yourself in. Don’t hurt yourself.”

Eddie and his wife Peggy Ruiz live nearby and were letting the dogs out when they heard the gunshots around 7 a.m. Tuesday.

“It scared me to death,” said Peggy Ruiz. ” I ran and tripped over my stairs; I ran in the house to duck.’’

Pryor has a long criminal history and was recently released from prison.

“He is a career criminal,” said Jenkins. “The charges do vary from theft, to possession to burglary charges, but obviously this is a very dangerous individual.’’

According to police, Pryor has tattoos on his arms and legs.

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