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.
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.”
“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.