Miami-Dade County

Teen injured in police-involved shooting in Miami-Dade

A Miami-Dade police detective who was responding to a carjacking and two robberies chased and shot a teenager after the teen crashed his car and took off running Sunday afternoon.

The suspect, who was not identified, was transported to the hospital in stable condition and was in surgery Sunday evening, police said.

He was the fourth teenager shot by Miami-Dade police since Friday night. All the victims survived.

“Our officers are trained to deal when confronted with a threat,” said Miami-Dade police Detective Alvaro Zabaleta. “We don't know if there was an exchange of gunfire, but we recovered a handgun.”

Zabaleta said that a call went out about a carjacking at Northwest 79th Street and 31st Avenue at 1:10 p.m. Sunday. The caller described the car as a white, four-door Mazda. Over the next four hours police received calls related to a pair of robberies on Northwest 131st Street and 27th Avenue and at Northwest 95th Street and 29th Avenue. Both descriptions matched the white Mazda, police said.

Detectives searching for the vehicle spotted it heading west on Northwest 79th Street and gave chase. According to Zabaleta, the driver lost control of the car at 16th Avenue and crashed.

“He exits and takes off on foot. The officer chases him. There was a confrontation,” Zabaleta said.

Zabaleta said though police recovered a gun, they aren't certain whether the suspect fired it. Zabaleta described him as a teenager, just like the three shot by police Friday night in South Miami-Dade.

In that instance, a Miami-Dade officer spotted an unmarked county police truck that had been reported stolen outside a gas station at 24435 SW 112th Ave. Police said the teens inside the truck stole beer from the gas station before hopping into the white Chevrolet Colorado and taking off.

An officer near the station recognized the truck, which was equipped with a radio and lights, and gave chase. The driver of the truck sideswiped a vehicle on Southwest 112th Avenue before losing control and spinning to a stop at Southwest 256th Street and 108th Avenue.

Police said that as an officer approached the vehicle, the driver accelerated toward him. The officer fired, striking three teenaged males in the truck. Two girls in the vehicle were unharmed. The three males are expected to survive. Joel Cabrera, 19, was charged with petty theft and trespassing. Jorbel Cruz, 19, the driver of the truck, was charged with third-degree grand theft, leaving the scene of an accident, eluding a police officer and aggravated assault on an officer.