North Miami police ask for witnesses to come forward after police-involved shooting

Caregiver shot while walking with 24-year-old with autism

NORTH MAIMI, Fla. – North Miami police are asking for the public's assistance as they investigate a police-involved shooting that took place Monday afternoon.

An employee of an assisted living facility was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center after he was shot by North Miami police while walking with a 24-year-old man with autism.

Police were initially called to the area of Northeast 14th Avenue and Northeast 127th Street after they'd received a call about an armed man threatening suicide, according to a media release.

Officers negotiated with the two men and at one point an officer shot the employee.

Clint Bower, who runs the group home, told Local 10 News that his employee was shot three times in the leg and that the man he was caring for is non-verbal and has "relatively low function."

The man with autism is said to have been holding a toy truck at the time of the shooting. 

Police said the employee was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injures.

The officer who was involved in the shooting has been placed on administrative leave.

In a media release, police asked for any witnesses to come forward with details, photos or videos of the shooting.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the North Miami Police Department at 305-891-0294.