Man accused of firing shots at police officer in marked vehicle on I-95

Alejandro Rodriguez claims he was being followed, fired warning shots, cops say


DORAL, Fla. – A 25-year-old man was arrested after he fired several shots at a police officer in a marked patrol vehicle Saturday on Interstate 95, Miami-Dade police said.

The incident took place at about 3:20 a.m. when an officer noticed Alejandro Rodriguez driving a silver Lexus heading northbound on I-95 cut across multiple lanes to exit at Northwest 167th Street, an arrest report said.

The officer had to slam on her brakes to avoid a crash during the incident, police said. She then turned on her air horn siren to pull Rodriguez over.

That's when the officer heard gunshots and noticed Rodriguez had stuck a rifle out the window and pointed it towards her, an arrest form said. Police said Rodriguez then fired several rounds.

Rodriguez was pulled over shortly after firing those shots, the report said, and officers saw the rifle and a handgun in the back seat of the vehicle.

Multiple casings were also found on Rodriguez's lap.

After being read his rights, Rodriguez told police he was being followed and fired an entire magazine into the air from his handgun as a warning, police said. He then fired more warning shots from a rifle he had in his vehicle, Rodriguez told police.

Rodriguez was arrested on a charge of attempted second-degree murder with a deadly weapon on a law enforcement officer.