MIAMI (WSVN) - A man was shot by police in Miami, early Sunday morning, after crashing a stolen car while fleeing from officers.
Police said they had received a domestic-related call about a stolen vehicle, just after 3:00 a.m.
Responding officers encountered the stolen vehicle in the area of Northwest 59th Street and Eighth Avenue.
The person behind the wheel of that vehicle then drove off and plowed into a parked car before hitting a metal gate and smashing into a house on Northwest 58th Street and 18th Avenue.
Area resident Kareem Adams said the loud noises woke him up. “It woke me up. ‘Boom!’ I see the car right in front of my door,” he said.
Officials said the subject bailed out of the vehicle and took off running.
The two officers then confronted the subject on the 5800 block of Northwest 18th Avenue. According to police, the subject was armed and refused to give over his weapon.
The subject was shot multiple times.
“He jumped the gate and ran, and police shot him right here in the street, ‘boom,’ ‘boom,’ ‘boom,’ ‘boom,’ ‘boom,’ ‘boom,'” said Adams.
Marshall, who lives inside the home where the stolen car came to rest, said he saw everything.
“I heard them saying, ‘Put the gun down,’ and then, since he didn’t cooperate with the officers, I mean, it was really like it was in their hands,” he said. “Hey, they had to do what they had to do.”
Paramedics transported the man to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center in critical but stable condition
The officers were not injured.
Marshall said he’s just glad his teenage son is all right after the car broke through his garage wall. “If he would have been a little bit closer, he would have hit where my son was at,” he said, “but my son did get glass all over his body.”
7News cameras captured the gaping hole in Marshall’s home, Sunday afternoon.
Miami Fraternal Order of Police President Edward Lugo said the two officers involved are shaken but were forced to fire. He called their actions heroic.
“They protected the community from an individual that was armed and dangerous,” said Lugo.
Investigators have not identified the subject.
The officers have been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation per protocol.
The shooting remains under investigation by police and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
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