Second person in custody after chase leads to police-involved shooting

Dionte Rowe, 19, turns himself in to authorities Tuesday

From left: Dionte Rowe, 19, and Dandre Gaspard, 21.
From left: Dionte Rowe, 19, and Dandre Gaspard, 21.

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – A second person is in custody after a police chase ended in a crash and a shooting on Monday, authorities said.

Police said Dionte Rowe, 19, turned himself in shortly before 4:30 p.m. Tuesday and refused to answer questions without his attorney present.

He was arrested on charges of attempted second-degree murder of a law enforcement officer, grand theft of a vehicle, leaving the scene of a crash that resulted in serious injury and resisting an officer without violence.

According to an arrest report, Miami-Dade police officers in an unmarked pickup truck saw a black 2005 Honda Accord speeding and failing to stop for traffic signals in a neighborhood near Southwest 268th Street and Southwest 134th Avenue.

Miami-Dade police spokeswoman Jennifer Capote said officers attempted to pull over the car, but the driver would not stop and a chase ensued.

Police said the vehicle eventually crashed into a 2015 Chrysler 200 that had a 35-year-old woman, her 9-year-old son and her 10-year-old cousin inside.

"All I remember was blood, my son screaming, my little cousin screaming and then guns drawn, and that's all I remember," the woman said.

Police said the culprits fled from the vehicle and one of the suspects, Dandre Gaspard, 21, fired at the officers.

"First thing that came to my mind was drag them out of the car like I did and run for cover," the woman said.

According to the arrest report, at least one officer returned fire. No one was struck.

The woman and children were taken to Homestead Hospital to be treated for their injuries.

Police said Gaspard was found nearby and spontaneously told officers that he had a gun on him. Police said Gaspard was armed with a 9-mm Glock pistol and an extended magazine.

Detectives said Gaspard told them that Rowe picked him up earlier on Monday in the stolen Honda. He said he noticed the pickup truck following them, and was unsure whether the occupants of the truck were cops, the report said.

Police said Gaspard confessed to throwing out a marijuana cigarette and firing in the direction of the officers' truck.

He faces charges of attempted murder of a law enforcement officer, carrying a concealed firearm and resisting an officer with violence.

Police said a third person was initially taken into custody after the incident, but was released after being questioned by detectives.

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