South Miami police officer shoots driver who was pulled over with drugs in car

Police say suspect made 'overt movement' after Coral Gables traffic stop


CORAL GABLES, Fla. – A South Florida police officer shot a suspect Sunday after the man made "overt movement" after being pulled over in a car that had drugs inside, police said.

Miami-Dade police Detective Alvaro Zabaleta said Michael Gavins, 36, was traveling north on U.S. Highway 1 in a white Mitsubishi Galant when he was pulled over by a South Miami police officer at a Shell gas station on Madruga Court just after 5 p.m.

Zabaleta said the officer noticed drugs inside the car and ordered Gavins to get out. Zabaleta said Gavins made an "overt movement and ignored the officer's commands," prompting the officer to fire his gun.

It was the second officer-involved shooting in Miami-Dade County on the same day. Miami-Dade police said an officer shot a teenager accused of stealing a car during a confrontation.

Gavins was shot in the upper torso but was released from the hospital early Monday morning and booked into jail. He faces charges of possession of marijuana, possession with the intent to sell and resisting an officer without violence.

Zabaleta said a plastic bag containing several smaller bags of marijuana was seized from Gavins' car. 

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