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Police: Woman, 40, fatally shot by ex-partner in Hialeah

HIALEAH, Fla. – Hialeah police are investigating after a 40-year-old woman was fatally shot Friday morning.

The shooting was reported around 7 a.m. at 698 E. 40th St.

According to Hialeah police spokeswoman Adriana Quintana, officers arrived at the scene and found the victim’s body.

She said the woman had been shot several times.

According to Quintana, police believe the victim’s ex-partner shot her and fled the scene in a dark gray, 2018 Toyota Camry with tinted windows on the rear windows. It’s unclear whether the suspect and victim were married or dating before the breakup.

“It shocked me because I didn’t think this would ever happen,” one man who knew the victim told Local 10′s Alex Finnie in Spanish. “They are a young couple. They get along well. Whatever happened, I have no idea.”

The suspect was later identified by police as Joel Luis Polanco. He is wanted on a first-degree murder charge.

Polanco is believed to be armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to call the Hialeah Police Department at 305-687-2525 or Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477.

About the Author:

Amanda Batchelor is the managing editor for Local10.com.