SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) - An armed subject remains at large, Friday afternoon, after a police-involved shooting took place in Southwest Miami-Dade.
According to Miami-Dade Police, the shooting took place at around 2:15 a.m., near Southwest 80th Street and 76th Avenue. The incident began with what police said was a routine traffic stop.
According to officials, a Toyota Camry then sped past the traffic stop at a high-rate of speed. Police went after the Camry and asked the driver to pull over at a nearby shopping center, past U.S. 1, just south of 80th Street.
The driver failed to heed the order and continued to flee until crashing shortly afterwards.
As police officers approached the damaged vehicle, the driver suddenly exited through the passenger’s side, visibly holding a gun.
This is what police said prompted an officer to open fire at the subject. However, as of noon, it remains unclear whether the subject was struck.
The subject then fled the scene and remains at large. He is considered armed and dangerous.
Police describe the subject as a man who stands between 5 feet 8 inches and 6 feet tall. He has short hair and a heavy build. He wore a light-colored shirt with dark pants and may be between the ages of 25 and 35 years old.
“We do suggest that the community remains vigilant,” said a Miami-Dade Police officer. “Anybody that they see suspicious matching the description, give us a call. It doesn’t hurt for us to respond and conduct an investigation and check that person out.”
The subject’s vehicle was towed away from the scene.
The southbound and northbound lanes of the Palmetto Expressway between Dixie Highway and Sunset Drive have since reopened after being closed due to the police perimeter set up to find the subject, which proved to be fruitless.
If you have any information on this armed subject, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.
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