Crime

Police officer responding to traffic crash shoots man, police say

Traffic is redirected at Florida City at the entrance of Card Sound Road after a police-involved shooting left one person injured, and closed U.S.1 into the Florida Keys.
Traffic is redirected at Florida City at the entrance of Card Sound Road after a police-involved shooting left one person injured, and closed U.S.1 into the Florida Keys. sballestas@miamiherald.com

A Miami-Dade police officer responding to a traffic crash just south of Florida City, got into some type of altercation and shot and injured a man early Thursday afternoon, police said.

The shooting victim, who had not been identified, was airlifted to Jackson South Hospital. He was in stable but critical condition, police said. The officer was not injured.

Miami-Dade police spokeswoman Robin Pinkard said Miami-Dade police and the Florida Highway Patrol were responding to the crash when the shooting happened. The incident happened on U.S. 1 and Mile Marker 114, just south of Florida City.

FHP Lt. Alex Camacho said law enforcement was responding to a car in a rollover crash that was partially submerged in water just off the side of the road where the shooting took place.

Camacho wasn’t certain if the shooting happened before or after the crash. A photo taken by WPLG Channel 10 showed the submerged vehicle. Traffic heading south of U.S. 1 is being directed to Card Sound Road.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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