Police open fire at shoplifter outside Aventura Target
Suspect arrested in North Lauderdale
AVENTURA, Fla. – Police said they were forced to open fire at a known shoplifter who fled from them while trying to steal from a Target store in Aventura.
Aventura police were notified by loss prevention that the man was in the store using a screwdriver to break open video games and stuff them in his pants.
When police tried to confront him, the man ran through the aisles and into the parking lot.
Police followed him outside, where the man got into a black Acura TL.
"He was given verbal commands to get out of his car, at which point he attempted to run over two of our officers," Capt. Michael Bentolila told Local 10 News.
Bentolila said the officers opened fire as the car sped off on Biscayne Boulevard.
Police said the man was later apprehended by U.S. marshals in North Lauderdale, where he hid the car in a friend's garage.
No officers were injured.
Bentolila said the officers' actions were justified because the car was being used as a weapon.
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