Crime

Person killed, Miami-Dade cop injured in police-involved shooting, cops say

A body lies on the sidewalk near the intersection of Northeast Second Avenue and 119th Street where a Miami-Dade Police officer was injured after a police-involved shooting in North Miami Saturday afternoon.
A body lies on the sidewalk near the intersection of Northeast Second Avenue and 119th Street where a Miami-Dade Police officer was injured after a police-involved shooting in North Miami Saturday afternoon. For the Miami Herald

A person armed with a shotgun and clad in a bulletproof vest was killed by police and a Miami-Dade officer was injured during a standoff in North Miami on Saturday, police said.

Police have not released the names of the person who died at the scene, or the officer, who was receiving treatment at Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center.

According to a law-enforcement source, the injured Miami-Dade police officer suffered a wound after a bullet hit his holster and went into his thigh. But it is unclear whose bullet hit him, and whether it came from a fellow officer, or from the gunman.

Miami-Dade Police Deputy Director Freddy Ramirez told reporters Saturday evening that Miami-Dade officers responded as backup following reports of an armed subject in North Miami, near Northeast 119th Street and Second Avenue.

North Miami Police, the primary department handling the call, said the man headed toward 119th Street and West Dixie Highway where officers confronted him.

“While engaging the subject, shots were fired,” Ramirez said outside Ryder Saturday night. “The subject is deceased on the scene and our officer was transported here to Ryder Trauma.”

At least eight officers opened fire on the man.


“There was definitely some dialogue. The officers were trying to get him to drop his weapon. He refused to drop it and started raising his weapon in a threatening manner,” said Police Benevolent Association President Steadman Stahl. “The officers were in fear for their lives and fired their weapons.”

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement was investigating the shooting.

Carli Teproff grew up in Northeast Miami-Dade and graduated from Florida International University in 2003. She became a full-time reporter for the Miami Herald in 2005 and now covers breaking news.


Martin Vassolo is a general assignment reporter on the Miami Herald’s metro desk. He was a member of the Herald’s reporting team covering the 2018 midterm elections and Florida’s recount. Previously, he worked as a political reporting intern with the Herald and as editor-in-chief of the University of Florida’s student newspaper, The Independent Florida Alligator.


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