2 in custody, 1 at large after police chase ends in crash, shootout

SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) - The search is on for a man who, officials said, was involved in a police chase with two other men that ended when their vehicle crashed, Monday evening, leading to a shootout between the subjects and law enforcers.

Officers were able to apprehend the other two subjects following the violent chain of events that, according to Miami-Dade Police, started when an undercover officer spotted their car driving erratically in Southwest Miami-Dade, just before 6 p.m.

When the officer tried to pull the vehicle over, police said, the subjects took off and shortly after crashed into another car near Southwest 268th Terrace and 134th Place.

Officials said a mother and her two young sons, ages 9 and 10, were inside the other vehicle. They sustained minor injuries.

Investigators said the subjects then got out of the car and fired their weapons at the officer, who then shot back. “People who shot at the police, very dangerous individuals,” said Miami-Dade Police Detective Argemis Colome.

Thankfully, no one was hit by the gunshots.

Officers were able to apprehend two of the subjects, one in the car and another down the block from the crash site. 7Skyforce HD hovered above the scene as one of the men sat handcuffed on the ground.

The third subject was able to run away. Police said their Special Response Team was called in because the subject could be armed and dangerous.

“You flee from the police, OK. You crash into a vehicle, that’s fine, but then, as our officers approach the vehicle, obviously, for the people they crashed into, their safety, and to apprehend the subjects or see what’s going on with the subjects, they just start shooting?” said Colome. “Obviously, these are very dangerous individuals.”

Paramedics transported the mother and her sons to Baptist Hospital of Miami. “They’re in good condition at the moment, thank God,” said Colome.

Monday night, a police helicopter continued to circle the area in search of the third subject. At around 10:30 p.m., police began to reopen streets.

“We are very fortunate to have two [subjects] in custody. We’re very fortunate to recover two firearms,” said Colome.

If you have any information on this incident, 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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