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One man shot by cop, another bitten by police K9 after home break-in, police say

Police comment on officer involved shooting in North Miami Beach

Miami-Dade police investigated an incident on Monday, Feb. 13, 2017, that ended with one burglar shot by North Miami Beach police and one bitten by a K-9 officer.
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Miami-Dade police investigated an incident on Monday, Feb. 13, 2017, that ended with one burglar shot by North Miami Beach police and one bitten by a K-9 officer.

Two men who police said had just broken into and robbed a North Miami Beach home were surrounded by police on Monday before they could even pull their car off the property, police said.

With the duo’s escape route blocked, a confrontation followed between a police officer and the driver, who was shot in the arm by the officer. While that was happening, police said, the man in the passenger seat bailed.

He didn’t get far. A police K9 caught up to and bit him.

The men were taken into custody and transported to the hospital in stable condition with minor injuries, police said. The men were identified as Dwanaunne Williams, 20, and Olajuwon Baker, 23.

None of the officers was injured, said Miami-Dade police Detective Alvaro Zabaleta.

“What happened on the property when the shots were fired, we don’t know that yet,” Zabaleta said. “But [the car] never got to leave the property.”

According to police, at 11:30 a.m. Monday an alarm went off at a home at 15131 NE 13th Ave. The homeowners were away. It wasn’t clear Monday if they notified police or if police were hooked up through the alarm company and just responded to the call.

What is clear, according to police, is that when North Miami Beach officers arrived, the two men who they believe broke into the home were sitting inside a dark, four-door Chrysler 200 that was still on the property.

After a brief exchange, an officer fired a weapon and hit Williams behind the wheel in the shoulder, police said. Baker took off running east to the back of the house, then into an alley, police said. Two blocks later, a North Miami Beach K9 caught and bit him in the leg.

Zabaleta said as of late Monday afternoon, Miami-Dade police investigators had not learned of any weapon that had been recovered that belonged to either suspect.

A neighbor who lives on the street where the shooting took place and didn’t want to give his name, said he heard a cop yell, “Get down, get down.” Then, he said, he heard as many as seven shots. He said the man in the passenger seat who took off was wearing a gray sweater.

David J. Neal: 305-376-3559, @DavidJNeal

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