A man trying to get away from Miami-Dade police opened fire on officers inside an unmarked car Thursday morning, making it at least the fourth time county cops have been shot at since April.
The shooting happened at about 11:30 a.m. Thursday near Northwest 119th Street and Second Avenue.
“These are individuals that will take any measures to get away even if it's taking an officer's life,” said Miami-Dade Police Det. Alvaro Zabaleta.
Police were watching a potential residence for Edward Lamar Greggs, 29, who was identified as the suspect involved in a Monday shooting.
According to a police report, a fight inside Sam’s Food Market, 8290 N. Miami Ave., ended with Robert Yorker Jr. being shot in the leg.
The subject took off, but police were able to identify him as Greggs, Zabaleta said. A witness, who did not want to be identified, told the Miami Herald that he was able to describe the subject to officers.
On Thursday, Greggs was seen driving away, and officers followed him. He turned on Northwest 119th Street, where he waited for the unmarked red Chevrolet Impala and opened fire, Zabaleta said..
A bullet pierced the passenger side door. Zabeleta said a crossbar in the door likely prevented the bullet from hitting an officer in the passenger seat.
“This could have been deadly, fortunately it wasn’t,” Zabaleta said.
Officers later found Greggs’ car at 21250 NW 14th Pl. and were able to find him. He was arrested and faces several charges, Zabaleta said.
This is not the first time officers have been shot at, leaving bullet holes in cars.
In June, police say Jonathon Gilbert, 19, opened fire on an unmarked police car around Northwest 71st Street at 15th Avenue.
No officers were injured. Gilbert turned himself in a week later and is facing two counts of attempted murder of a law enforcement officer. He is being held without bond.
In May, Matthew Pryor, who was wanted on a burglary charge and for violating probation, opened fire on officers serving a warrant at Northeast 136th Street and 22nd Avenue. He then stole a car and headed to Knoxville, Tennessee. He shot an officer there before getting caught. He now faces several charges, including attempted first-degree murder of a law enforcement officer.
And in April, a fight among four men in front of a supermarket at Northwest 79th Street and 10th Avenue ended with an unmarked police car shot nearby. The four men were arrested — one of whom was charged with a felony charge of attempted murder of a law enforcement officer. Police say Theodist Grimes, 26, shot at detectives in the department's Robbery Intervention Detail (RID).