Miami-Dade County

Police car found shot up in South Miami-Dade

For the second time in two weeks, a Miami-Dade police car was shot up.

On Wednesday morning, county officers responding to a “shots fired” call at Gulfstream and Marlins roads in Cutler Bay found a parked “decoy” police car pocked with bullet holes.

The police car had Miami-Dade markings and was used to deter crime and speeding in the area. It was towed away early Wednesday morning.

“One of the projectiles exited the vehicle and struck a residence” in the 19700 block of Gulfstream Road, police spokesman Robin Pinkard said Wednesday morning.

A man on a bicycle was seen leaving the area at the time of the shooting, a witness told police.

On Jan. 29, a Miami-Dade officer’s patrol car was shot up overnight while it was parked in front of her Southwest Miami-Dade home. The back window of the patrol car was blown out in the mysterious shooting. Police say no one was hurt in the car attacks, and investigations are ongoing.

“It’s unusual,” Detective Daniel Ferrin, also a spokesman with Miami-Dade police, said about the incidents. “We suspect they are totally unrelated.”

Still, Ferrin said police are concerned because people have been brazen enough to pull a gun and shoot up a police car.

“You have to ask yourself, ‘What are they willing to do?’”

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