MIAMI (WSVN) - A Miami Police officer was hospitalized, Friday morning, after he was attacked by a man destroying property in Brickell.
According to Miami Police, the officer responded to a resident’s call at The Yacht Club in Brickell, located at 1111 Brickell Bay Dr., at around 9:30 a.m., Friday. The resident said that his 19-year-old son, Elvis Taylor, was irate and destroying property.
Police said the 19-year-old punched the officer with a closed fist when he arrived on the scene. The impact caused a laceration on his head.
That’s when the officer used a Taser on Taylor and called for backup.
“They heard a commotion outside of the residence. They went to go investigate,” said Miami Police spokesperson Christopher Bess. “At that point in time, the offender attacked one of our City of Miami Police officers, causing him to have lacerations to the face.”
That officer could later be seen getting into an ambulance with a bandage on his head.
7’s Skyforce HD also flew over the scene as Taylor sat in the back of a police cruiser.
The officer was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital and may need stitches.
Residents described what they saw at the club. “We looked down and saw a policeman being attended to and a guy going in a car,” said resident Carol Kelly.
Police said the punch could mean serious consequences for the 19-year-old. “We take that extremely seriously,” Bess said, “because, as a police officer, we do respond to resolve issues and to deescalate. However, when the officer tried to do that, he was attacked, so the offender is facing battery on a law enforcement officer, at this point.”
As of 4 p.m., Taylor is still being questioned by police. He is expected to be booked into the jail in West Miami-Dade.
The officer is in stable condition.
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