Miami-Dade Police Department (MDPD) is investigating a stolen marked police vehicle. MDPD Dignitary Protection Unit was conducting a detail involving the United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Julian Castro, when the subject Russell Keith Anthony McGruder entered and stole a marked police vehicle and fled southbound. Due to public safety a police pursuit ensued.
The subject then continued eastbound on Interstate 395 and entered the PortMiami tunnel. The officers utilized all necessary preventive measures to stop the threat of the subject entering a restricted area. The subject and police vehicles crashed coming to a stop within the tunnel. The subject then fled the vehicle on foot with the officers giving chase, at which time the subject produced a canister containing a chemical spray, and sprayed the officers. A physical altercation ensued, during which the officers utilized all necessary force to take the subject into custody.
The subject was transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital to receive medical attention. No officers were injured during the altercation.
Videos of the incident can be obtained on the FTP site.