Gunman who shot at officer is convicted felon, police say

Lance Deshawn Moore


MIAMI – Miami Police identified the man who shot at a police officer early Friday morning as Lance Deshawn Moore, of Miami Gardens. He has a tattoo of a bible verse on his right arm and "God Forgive me" on his right hand. 

An unidentified police officer was patrolling an area known for prostitution activity early Friday morning when he spotted Moore. The 28-year-old was in a 2013 Hyundai Elantra picking up and dropping off women on the side of the road, police said. 

The officer said he noticed the car's "left brake light was inoperable," a police report said. "He also observed the vehicle ran the stop sign" at Southwest 44th Place  and 5th Terrace, near Graceland Memorial Park cemetery. 

When the officer stopped, Moore opened the door and started shooting at the officer, before a chase ensued. The officer didn't return fire and was only able to follow him for about five blocks, after notifying dispatch, Miami Police Chief Rodolfo Llanes said.

Moore's car got so damaged during the chase that he was forced to stop at Northwest 42nd Avenue and 9th Street, near Miami International Airport, police said. A Miami police robbery team arrested him and two unidentified women. 

Police said they found a semi-automatic fire arm in his car and later learned that he had 11 felony convictions. He was released from prison in 2014. He was arrested in January for driving without a license. 

In 2011, Moore was convicted of aggravated assault on a police officer, driving without a license, fleeing and eluding police and aggravated assault on a firefighter. And in 2006, Moore was also convicted of burglary, grand theft and being involved in a hit-and-run. 

Local 10 News reporter Ben Kennedy contributed to this report. 

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