Traffic stop ends in police-involved shooting, chase; driver injured

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (WSVN) – A traffic stop in Miami Gardens ended with a police-involved shooting that injured one driver.

According to Miami Gardens Police, one of their officers pulled over a driver in the area of Northwest 12th Avenue and 183rd Street, at around 3 a.m., Sunday.

A police dashcam video captured the scene as the officer approached the black sedan. “During a traffic stop, the occupant of that vehicle discharged a firearm in the direction of the officer, striking his police car once,” said Miami Gardens Police Chief Antonio G. Brooklen. “The officer returned fire, striking the subject, at which time the subject fled the scene.”

Shortly after, responding officers spotted the subject’s vehicle and briefly gave chase until he surrendered near Northwest 12th Avenue and 191st Street. The driver was taken into custody without incident.

Witness Porfirio Burgos told 7News the driver did not offer resistance. “They were telling him to keep his hands outside the car, place his hands up,” he said. “I heard the man screaming inside the car. He said, ‘I got my hands up! I got my hands up!’ So they told him to come out of the car, and the police was there with their guns drawn.”

The driver, later identified as 37-year-old Gary Sprauve, was transported to Aventura Hospital, where he is recovering. The officer involved in the shooting was not injured.

Police said Sprauve was wearing a bulletproof vest and had two guns when he was taken into custody. “We recovered two firearms off of this subject, as well as a bulletproof vest, so we’re trying to verify where the bulletproof vest came from, what were his intentions in wearing that and having two firearms on this person,” Brooklen said.

Investigators said Sprauve’s vehicle struck a civilian vehicle during the chase. No one was hurt as a result of that crash.

Sprauve was taken into custody after he was treated at Aventura Hospital. He appeared in bond court Monday afternoon and is facing several charges, including attempted first-degree murder of a law enforcement officer.

Sprauve remains in police custody with no bond.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating.

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