MIAMI – The man who allegedly shot and injured a North Miami Beach police officer will stay behind bars.
Elton Bandoo, appeared before a judge Saturday on his attempted murder charge.
The judge issued no bond.
North Miami Beach police Detective Lino Diaz was serving a search warrant when he was shot twice, just above his left knee and left arm, police said.
The warrant was being served the home located at 16033 NE 8 Ave., near Oak Grove Elementary School. Law enforcement had been watching that house for weeks.
"Prior to making actual entry [to the house], there were shots fired at the officer,"North Miami Beach Police Chief J. Scott Dennis said. Neighbor Moses Tanis said he was with a child waiting for a school bus nearby when the shooting happened.
Diaz -- an experienced decorated member of the Special Weapons And Tactical team -- dropped to the ground when he was shot. He wasn't alone. He was part of an federal operation related to a case of unemployment fraud, police said.
After Diaz, 47, was shot, fellow officers got him to safety. Miami-Dade Fire Rescue airlifted him to Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center. He was in stable condition and doctors said Friday, he could be released in three days.
Diaz has been working with North Miami Beach since 1998. His superiors have awarded him "officer of the month" four times, most recently in 2012. Suhaill Diaz, the wounded officer's sister, said he had always wanted to be a police officer and described him as a "warrior" and as a "fighter."
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