Two plainclothes detectives working crime suppression in Southwest Miami-Dade were shot at after a man crashed his car into another vehicle and tried to escape, police said.
When the officers returned fire, two men fled. The officers managed to detain two men who were in the vehicle, but a third man escaped. A woman and her two children who were in the car that was struck by the suspects received minor injuries and were transported to an area hospital.
On Tuesday, Miami-Dade police arrested Homestead resident Dandre Dakwon Gaspard, 21, and 19-year-old South Miami-Dade resident Dionte Rowe and charged each with second-degree attempted murder against a law enforcement officer with a deadly weapon and resisting arrest with violence. Gaspard’s other charge was carrying a concealed weapon. As the driver, Rowe also got hit with leaving the scene of a crash with serious bodily injury and grand theft auto. Neither has prior criminal convictions.
A third man remained free as of Wednesday morning.
Police said two officers working in plain clothes and driving a Ram truck just before 6 p.m. Monday noticed a black Honda Accord speeding and not obeying traffic signs. So they followed. At Southwest 268th Terrace and 134th Place, the officers said the Honda smashed into a gray 2015 Chrysler 200.
When the cops activated their lights, they said, Gaspard got out of the passenger seat, moved toward them and began firing. They returned fire and Gaspard fled. He was captured a short time later after police set up a perimeter and searched for him with K9s and helicopters.
Police said when one of the officers noticed a bulge in Gaspard’s front pocket, he told them he was carrying a firearm. Police recovered a 9 mm Glock with an extended magazine. Police said they also recovered another weapon.
It still wasn’t clear Wednesday how many of the officers returned fire.
Rowe turned himself in Tuesday afternoon and invoked his right to remain silent. Police say Gaspard, on the other hand, said discarded his right to remain silent in favor of telling police Rowe picked him up in the Honda Accord. Rowe’s arrest report says the Honda was reported at 11:26 p.m. Tuesday night as stolen.
Gaspard said upon seeing the Ram truck following them, they initially figured it was the police, then doubted their instincts. Rowe’s arrest report claims Gaspard admitted to tossing a joint out the window, then getting the Glock out of the glove compartment.