MIAMI LAKES, Fla. - An off-duty Miami police officer fatally shot a man who was stabbing a woman Sunday morning in Miami Lakes, the head of the Miami police union told Local 10 News.
The fatal shooting happened about 7 a.m. on Northwest 64th Avenue.
Sgt. Javier Ortiz, president of the Miami Fraternal Order of Police, said the officer was coming home from his shift at the Miami Police Department when he intervened.
"He was in the right place at the right time," Ortiz said.
Miami-Dade police Detective Argemis Colome identified the 27-year-old woman as Yurine Rodriguez-Perez. She was flown to Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center but was expected to survive.
The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene.
Ortiz said the officer has been on the job for less than a year.
"This officer is a hero," Ortiz said. "If he didn't take the action that he did, this woman would have died."
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating the shooting. The officer has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.
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