1 killed in S. Florida police-involved shooting

Miami-Dade police say suspect shot, killed after he reached for officer's gun


MIAMI SPRINGS, Fla. – One person was killed during a police-involved shooting in Miami Springs.

The shooting happened after 2 p.m. Tuesday at La Baron Drive and South Drive.

Investigators said officers pursued a silver Kia involved in a hit-and-run incident with serious injuries from the city of Pinecrest into Miami Springs. Police said the driver fled the area of 88th Street and South Dixie Highway after hitting a male pedestrian with his car, pinning the victim against another vehicle.

During the pursuit, the driver of the Kia involved in the hit-and-run struck multiple vehicles on State Road 826 before abandoning his car in Miami Springs, police said.

Officers set up a perimeter and found the driver in the area near the abandoned car. When a Miami-Dade police officer attempted to apprehend him, he attacked the officer, fighting to disarm him of his firearm, authorities said.

During the struggle for the firearm, a backup officer arrived at the scene and discharged his firearm, striking and killing the suspect, according to the Miami-Dade Police Department.

Police said the officer was not seriously hurt during the confrontation.

The victim in the hit-and-run was taken to Kendall Regional Hospital, suffered life-threatening injuries and was taken into emergency surgery. Police said he may lose his leg.

Police identified the suspect as a black male, but have not released his name or age. The victim's identity has not been released.

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