Driver shot by police in northwest Miami-Dade

Police say officers forced to shoot suspect who tried to drive away

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – A man was shot by police early Wednesday morning after he tried to flee from officers, Miami-Dade police said.

Detective Alvaro Zabaleta said two officers were on routine patrol near Miami International Airport when they noticed two suspicious cars parked at the 94th Aero Squadron Restaurant. He said the officers took the drivers' identification when they noticed that one of the drivers was preparing to flee in his blue Ford Focus.

"Officers tried to stop him," Zabaleta said. "They broke the driver's side window in order to try to detain him, shots were fired and the subject then continued to flee from this parking lot in an unknown direction."

The man, later identified as Bernardo Castaneda Jr., 22, drove to South Miami Hospital, Zabaleta said. He was transferred to Kendall Regional Medical Center, where he was undergoing emergency surgery.

Castaneda is also accused of fleeing from officers two weeks ago after a traffic stop in Kendall.

The officers involved in Wednesday morning's shooting were not hurt.

Zabaleta said a dog inside Castaneda's car was found dead from an apparent gunshot wound.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating the shooting.

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