Miami Gardens - Opa-locka

Police identify man who was shot by cops after fleeing and crashing into a house

Neico G. Crooks was identified by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement as the man who fled Miami Gardens police on Friday morning, Oct. 19, 2018, in a stolen Lexus. He was shot and crashed into a house and later died.
Neico G. Crooks was identified by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement as the man who fled Miami Gardens police on Friday morning, Oct. 19, 2018, in a stolen Lexus. He was shot and crashed into a house and later died. Miami-Dade County Jail

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement identified Neico Crooks as the man who was involved in a police shooting with Miami Gardens officers early Friday morning.

According to police, Crooks, 21, was found dozing inside a stolen SUV at about 4:46 a.m. Friday. After he took off, police say, he was shot at and crashed into a house where a family was sleeping.

Miami Gardens Police Chief Delma Noel-Pratt told the Herald on Friday that an officer was on a routine patrol early that morning when he saw the the 2013 black Lexus RX350 on the 100 block of Northwest 189th Street. Crooks was inside.

When the officer ran the license plate and it came back stolen he called for backup. Two officers the approached the Lexus and as they got Crooks’ attention, Noel-Pratt said he took off and hit one of the officers with the car. Another officer was also injured.

Police shot at the getaway car and Crooks careened into a home across the street. The family inside the house was not hurt

“A firearm was found at the scene,” Miami Gardens police spokeswoman Carolyn Frazer said in her report. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is the lead investigator on this case and asks that if anyone has any information they should call Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477 or visit www.crimestoppersmiami.com.

Crooks had been arrested on Tuesday on charges of loitering and prowling in Miami Gardens.

Both officers, who were not identified, were hospitalized with leg injuries.

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