AVENTURA, Fla. – A North Miami Beach Police officer is in serious condition after a female suspect allegedly ran him over in Aventura. According to police, the officer was attempting to stop the driver who was involved in a hit-and-run involving two other vehicles when he was run over.
Police Chief Richard Rand says one of his officers was in the area responding to an unrelated call when he was flagged down by another driver.
“As the officer was investigating, a suspect struck the officer,” Rand said.
As that officer was on the ground, the woman behind the wheel of the red car tried to drive off — again, authorities said.
“Shots were fired,” Rand said. “K-9 was deployed, and the female was stopped.”
The shooting occurred in the area of Northeast 172nd Street and Biscayne Boulevard.
“That was crazy! This is my first time in Miami. I just got in here last night and I can’t even leave the building,” Michael Martinez, who just moved to the area, said. “I assumed that he had gotten shot. Obviously, hearing the gunshots, but the lady was being subdued and the dog was getting at her.”
While the suspect was taken to Aventura Hospital and Medical Center in stable condition, the officer is now fighting for his life.
“The officer is in serious condition,” the chief said.
On Friday, authorities said the officer remained in the Intensive Care Unit, but was in “good spirits.”
“The female suspect has also been admitted in good condition,” authorities said.
Police confirmed Friday that the officer is a 17-year veteran of the police department. His identity and that of the suspect have not yet been released.
@myNMBPolice Would like to thank the community for the outpour and support of our officer. The officer remains in ICU but in good spirits. The female suspect has also been admitted in good condition. We will not be releasing names at this time. We are all in this together.— North Miami Beach PD (@myNMBPolice) June 11, 2021