Carjacking, chase lead to shootout involving Miami-Dade police detective

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – A carjacking and chase led to a shootout Monday night involving a Miami-Dade police detective, authorities confirmed.

“The subject or the subjects began to fire towards the officers and then fled,” Detective Alvaro Zabaleta said.

Police said one suspect was shot dead and two others were taken into custody.

The chaotic chain-of-events started when a security guard was carjacked around 6:45 p.m. Monday on the sixth floor of a parking garage in Miami’s Brickell neighborhood.

The car involved was spotted hours later by a Miami-Dade robbery detective on Northwest 32nd Avenue near the Airport Expressway.

“Miami-Dade Police Department RID detectives -- as soon as they heard of the incident that occurred, they immediately saturated the area, looking to try and assist the city of Miami in the search for the vehicle,” Zabaleta said.

But while trying to stop the car, investigators say the driver sped off as someone inside started shooting at police.

Officers gave chase until the driver lost control of the vehicle on Northwest 12th Avenue near 23rd Street.

“Detectives immediately arrived -- there was a confrontation with one of the passengers. Shots were fired, striking one of the individuals,” Zabaleta said.

The suspect, who was reportedly shot in the chest, later died at Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center.

The identities of that man and the other two suspects who were arrested have not been released.

Property managers at the Brickell high rise declined to comment on the incident but did tell Local 10 News that the security guard is doing OK.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating the shooting.


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