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Officer injured, suspects in custody after police-involved shooting in West Miami

WEST MIAMI, Fla. – The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating a police-involved shooting that took place at an apartment building in West Miami.

Authorities responded to the area near Ludlam Road and Southwest 20th Street shortly before 7 p.m. Tuesday.

According to police, a Miami-Dade police officer with the department’s Narcotics Bureau was shot in the ear while conducting an investigation at the complex with the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Police said as detectives worked inside the building, they were shot at though a door so they returned fire.

The gunman barricaded himself inside an apartment at the scene, police said.

SWAT units were called to assist.

Witnesses who live inside the building told Local 10 News they heard the fire alarm go off, then saw armed officers with shields enter the building.

Authorities rushed to the scene of a police-involved shooting in Miami-Dade County.
Authorities rushed to the scene of a police-involved shooting in Miami-Dade County. (WPLG)

Authorities said the department’s Special Response Team and hostage negotiators responded to the scene and the gunman surrendered to authorities after several hours.

He was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center to be treated for an apparent gunshot wound, authorities said.

Three other men were also taken into custody, and all four are expected to face charges. The men are all in their 20s, but their names have not yet been released.

Authorities said the injured officer was also taken to JMH in stable condition, and he was later seen leaving the hospital with a bandage on his head.

An investigation continued at the scene at midday Wednesday.

Local 10 News reporter Trent Kelly contributed to this report.


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