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Men convicted on weapons charges after firing at Miami-Dade police officer

Theodist Grimes III, 27, Wendell Clark, 25, to be sentenced April 13

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MIAMI – Two men accused of shooting at a Miami-Dade police officer were convicted Friday of being felons in possession of firearms.

Theodist Grimes III, 27, and Wendell Clark, 25, both of Miami, were convicted after a nine-day trial.

According to prosecutors, the men and a third accomplice entered a convenience store in Miami last April to confront two men whom they believed had stolen a friend's gun.

Detectives said the men went back to their car to arm themselves with two handguns and an AK-47 after the initial confrontation.

Customers inside the store called 911.

The first officer on the scene testified that he grabbed Grimes after he saw him with a Glock handgun.

Surveillance video from the store shows Grimes struggling with the officer before he jumped out of his shorts and ran away in his underwear.

Police said Clark pulled the getaway car around to pick up Grimes before they led officers on a high-speed chase.

During the chase, Grimes leaned out the window and opened fire on a detective with the AK-47, police said.

The detective, who is also assigned as an ATF Task Force officer, testified that Grimes fired eight to 10 rounds at his car, but he was able to pull his car out of the line of fire.

Police said Grimes and Clark eventually crashed into a pickup truck and tried to run away, but they were arrested a short time later.

Both men are scheduled to be sentenced April 13.


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