MIAMI SPRINGS, Fla. – Shots were fired after police officers attempted to execute a search warrant at a Miami Springs motel late Tuesday afternoon.
It was connected to a police-involved shooting that happened Monday night in Miami that left 29-year-old Officer Cesar Echaverry hospitalized and clinging to his life, and a suspect dead.
Officers converged on an Extended Stay America motel located on the 100 block of Fairway Drive and attempted to apprehend a second suspect connected to the shooting incident, police said.
That suspect was armed with an AK-47 assault rifle, according to authorities, and was shot and killed by police.
No officers were injured in the shooting.
Local 10 News obtained a photo of the rifle, which can be seen below.
According to investigators, the suspect had been tied to an armed robbery that happened at a Dania Beach convenience store on Monday.
The clerk working at the store said two men were responsible for the hold-up and he was able to snap a photo of the white sedan they were traveling in, which initiated a Be On The Lookout (BOLO).
By Monday night, that car was spotted and confronted in Liberty City, which ultimately led to the fatal shooting that killed 32-year-old Jeremy Horton.
Horton was killed by officers at the scene. It is not known if the second suspect was at the Liberty City scene when the shooting occurred.
The investigation had turned to the Miami Springs hotel by Tuesday morning, where detectives apparently tracked Horton’s accomplice in the Dania Beach robbery.
Heavily armed police, including SWAT officers, spent hours going in and out of the motel room following the shooting.
Sources told Local 10 News there were young children in the hotel room when gunfire erupted but they were not harmed.
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