Arrest made after police-involved shooting near University of Miami

Driver in stolen car attempted to strike officer, police say

CORAL GABLES, Fla. – A police-involved shooting took place Tuesday near the University of Miami's Coral Gables campus, police said. 

The situation started when a license plate reader picked up a car that had been stolen in a robbery, Coral Gables police said. 

The car was southbound on U.S. 1, just south of Granada Boulevard, when the driver jumped a median and nearly hit an officer, police said. 

The officer opened fire, but did not hit anyone, police said. 

Despite the gunfire, the driver, identified as Richard Grissom-Rodgers, 21, continued and eventually crashed into two cars near the University of Miami's baseball field, police said. 


According to an arrest report, Grissom-Rodgers fled on foot, running across the baseball field and hopping over a chain-link fence onto San Amaro Drive.

Police said he was taken into custody after he fought with officers on the corner of Brescia Avenue and San Amaro Drive.

An officer broke his hand during the incident, police said. 

Grissom-Rodgers told detectives that he charged at the officer with his car because "it was either the officer's life or his life," the report said.

Grissom-Rodgers was arrested on charges of attempted murder of a law enforcement officer, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer and grand theft of a vehicle.