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Miami Gardens police-involved shooting under investigation

Incident began as traffic stop, source says

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – Investigators were looking into the circumstances surrounding an officer-involved shooting in Miami Gardens on Sunday.

Police Chief Antonio G. Brooklen said that an officer pulled over a driver in a four-door black sedan at about 3 a.m. in the intersection of Northwest 183rd Street and Northwest 12th Avenue.

During the traffic stop, the driver shot at the officer, striking the patrol vehicle at least once, Brooklen said. The officer then returned fire, and struck the man.

The driver then took off and led police on a chase which ended along Northwest 191 Street and North Miami Avenue.

According to Brooklen, the suspect was taken into custody and transported to the hospital. The officer was uninjured.

"Upon taking the subject into custody, it was revealed that the subject had an additional firearm recovered by the Miami Gardens Police Department as well as the subject had a bulletproof vest on," Brooklen said. "As of now the subject is going to be charged with attempted first murder on a police officer and utilization of a firearm under the commission of a felony."

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating the incident.