FLORIDA CITY, FLA. (WSVN) - - A driver took police on a wild chase on the Florida Turnpike after police said shots were fired at an officer. The suspect was stopped miles away from where it started.
According to police, it all began with a road rage shooting in Doral. The victim was not hurt, but he was equipped with a camera that caught a clear image of the culprit with a pink gun he was not afraid to use.
A 7News viewer captured the moments the suspect, 28-year-old Lawrence N. Collier, was taken into custody, Thursday morning.
According to police, the suspect both shot at officers and attempted to run them over with his vehicle, a white Volvo.
According to Doral Police, officers were searching for a vehicle that may have been involved in a shooting near Northwest 87th Avenue and 33rd Street. Upon searching for the vehicle, they located it in a parking lot. When officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop, the suspect tried to ram the officer while trying to flee.
During his attempt to flee, the suspect got on the Palmetto Expressway and headed south. At one point, near SR 878, the suspect, police said, fired at the pursuing officers.
“Black male, 30 to 35 years old. He is armed. He’s armed with a pink handgun,” said an officer over Broadcastify police scanner.
“Use caution, he is shooting, he’s shot at Doral 191,” said an officer over Broadcastify.
“He just shot at me,” said an officer over Broadcastify.
Miami-Dade Police and Florida Highway Patrol continued to pursue the suspect until FHP was able to stop him in the area of Southwest 344th Street in Florida City.
“Any individual that tries to use deadly force on a police officer, I think law enforcement will always have a zero-tolerance approach on that. We will use every resource available to make sure that these individuals are apprehended and are held accountable,” said FHP Lt. Alex Camacho.
Collier is expected to face a long list of charges including attempted murder and attempted murder of an officer.
No one was hurt in all of this.
The suspect was booked into jail, Thursday night.
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