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Miami-Dade police lieutenant shot at in Brownsville

A 15-year veteran of the Miami-Dade Police Department was shot at Monday morning while responding to a call in the Brownsville neighborhood.

BROWNSVILLE, Fla. – Miami-Dade police responded to the scene of a shooting Monday morning, and police tell Local 10 News that a lieutenant in an unmarked vehicle was the target of that shooting.

The shooting occurred in the area of Northwest 48th Street and 24th Avenue in Miami-Dade’s Brownsville neighborhood.

According to Detective Argemis Colome, who is also a spokesman for the police department, someone called 911 shortly after 3:30 a.m. to report that there were four males who were armed with handguns and driving around in a white car in the area of Northwest 22nd Avenue and 46th Street.

He said the lieutenant, who was in an unmarked Chevrolet Malibu, spotted the car and started following it from behind.

Once the car turned on Northwest 24th Avenue approaching 48th Street, at least two people in the vehicle started shooting at the officer, hitting his car’s bumper and blowing out the front tires, Colome said.

The lieutenant drove after the shooter, but wasn’t able to get far due to the flat tires. His car stopped just two blocks away at Northwest 24th Avenue and 50th Street.

The lieutenant was not able to get the make or model of the car the shooters were in and they remain at large.

Colome said the police department’s Psychological Services Bureau is offering support to the lieutenant, who is in good spirits. The lieutenant’s identity has not been released, however authorities confirmed he has been with the police department for 15 years.

Anyone with further information about the shooting is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477.

About the Authors:

Amanda Batchelor is the managing editor for Local10.com.