Police: Man with ‘Cop Killer’ tattooed on chest arrested for shooting at officer in Florida City

FLORIDA CITY, Fla. – Police arrested a man Sunday accused of opening fire at an officer who was trying to pull him over.

The suspect, 23-year-old Virgilio Salgado, was arrested a little more than 24 hours after detectives said he shot at an officer from the Florida City Police Department.

It happened early Saturday morning near Northwest Second Street and Seventh Avenue.

The officer was not injured.

Bullet shell casings were found on the ground.

Police said a tire on the officer’s vehicle was struck.

Salgado was later arrested while driving the same vehicle he was originally pulled over in, authorities said.

Mugshot for 23-year-old Virgilio Salgado (Miami-Dade County Corrections)

Officers said they identified the suspect through body camera footage and other investigative technologies.

Police released a photo of Salgado without a shirt, showing he has the words “cop killer” tattooed across his chest.

He is being held without bond after going before a judge over the weekend.

Salgado is facing a charge of aggravated assault with a firearm on a law enforcement officer amid other charges.

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Bridgette Matter joined the Local 10 News team as a reporter in July 2021. Before moving to South Florida, she began her career in South Bend, Indiana and spent six years in Jacksonville as a reporter and weekend anchor.