The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) is investigating a police involved shooting involving officers of the Miami-Dade Police Department, Midwest District that resulted in a person injured and a dog fatally wounded.
According to investigators, the officers were conducting a check of an area known for loitering and narcotics activity. They approached two parked vehicles and requested the occupants to provide identification. The subject identified himself as Bernardo Castaneda Jr. As the officers were conducting a records check, one of the officers noticed Castaneda's actions that lead him to believe he may attempt to flee. Moments later, Castaneda ran towards his vehicle. The officers attempted to stop Castaneda, breaking the driver side window in an effort to gain control of him. The vehicle then began to go in motion and shots were fired. Bernardo Castaneda continued to flee the scene in an unknown direction.
The department later received information that a person arrived at South Miami Hospital emergency room suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. The vehicle in which he arrived matched the description of the vehicle that had fled the scene.
Miami-Dade Fire Rescue transported the injured person to Kendall Regional Trauma Center where he underwent surgery and is listed in stable condition. It was later confirmed that the person injured was Bernardo Castaneda. The officers did not sustain any injuries.
Investigator were informed that approximately two weeks ago, Castaneda fled from MDPD, Kendall District officers. This morning he was charged with Fleeing and Eluding and Resisting Without Violence.
As crime scene technicians were processing the inside of the vehicle, they discovered a deceased dog from an apparent gunshot wound.
The Miami-Dade Police Department is sadden of the loss of life during this incident.