Witness sought in Miami-Dade police-involved shooting

Agents believe driver of white tow truck may have witnessed shooting


MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – Agents with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement are asking for the public's help in finding the driver of a white tow truck who may have witnessed a police-involved shooting last month in Miami-Dade County.

A taxi cab driver was shot dead in the Sept. 28 shooting that shut down the southbound lanes of Interstate 95 for several hours.

Miami-Dade police said Junior Prosper, 31, was killed at the scene near I-95 southbound at Northwest 125th Street.

Agents said a person driving a white tow truck about 5 a.m. in the area of Northwest 119th Street and the southbound entrance ramp to I-95 may have witnessed the shooting.

Police said officers were called to a crash involving a taxi cab that ran into a road sign on the southbound entrance ramp to I-95 at Northwest 119th Street.

When police arrived, a chase ensued and the driver of the cab, later identified as Prosper, got into an altercation with an officer, police said.

"(The) 911 tapes are telling us that this individual started biting the officer to the point where the officer then had to discharge his firearm," Detective Daniel Ferrin said.

Ferrin said the suspect's bite was so severe that the officer's finger was nearly severed. He said the 9-year veteran was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center to be treated, but he is expected to be OK.

Prosper's motive for fleeing from police is unclear as he had no outstanding warrants.

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