Miami-Dade County

Northeast Miami-Dade man on the run caught in Tennessee

Matthew Pryor
Matthew Pryor Miami-Dade Police

A man who police say shot at a Miami-Dade police officer and escaped, then carjacked a vehicle and fled — and who may have disguised himself as a woman — was captured in Knoxville, Tenn., Wednesday night after he shot an officer there who approached him in a hotel room.

Police say Matthew Pryor, 30, was taken into custody after barricading himself in a hotel. Knoxville police found Pryor, police said, after spotting the silver Nissan Rogue he stole in Miami-Dade outside the hotel. The Knoxville officer Pryor shot was not injured seriously, according to police.

"As officers approached the hotel room door, the subject opened the door and shot at Knoxville PD in the chest," Miami-Dade Detective Alvaro Zabaleta said in a press release.

Miami-Dade police first came into contact with Pryor Tuesday morning when they went to his mother's Northeast 136th Street home to arrest him on a pair of outstanding warrants. But when police neared the home, Pryor fled, jumping several fences, police said.

An officer gave chase, and as he neared Pryor, police said the wanted man fired at the cop. The officer returned fire. None of the bullets hit intended targets. Pryor then allegedly carjacked the silver Nissan and took off.

Without explanation, police said they received word that Pryor may have been hiding his identity by dressing up as a woman. Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers offered $2,500 for information leading to Pryor's arrest and conviction. The U.S. Department of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms upped the reward money by adding another $10,000.

Pryor's criminal history includes arrests for burglary and cocaine possession.