The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) is investigating a shooting involving a Miami-Dade Police Department’s (MDPD), K-9 officer. At approximately 6:20p.m., officers were dispatched to a call of a female who had been kidnapped by an estranged domestic partner. The female had been placed in the trunk of the vehicle by the subject and she was able to call 911. The officers located the vehicle at SW 355 Street and SW 180 Avenue in a wooded area, the vehicle was unoccupied. A K-9 officer was searching the area when he was confronted by the subject who pointed a shotgun toward him, forcing him to shoot. The female victim was located safely shortly thereafter.
Miami-Dade Fire Rescue responded to the scene and pronounced the male deceased.
The investigation continues.
The police-involved shooting continues to be investigated by FDLE. However, the abduction is being investigated by the Miami-Dade Police Department, Special Victims Bureau, Domestic Crimes Unit. According to the preliminary information, the subject drove from Louisiana in a stolen vehicle and made contact with the victim at a local grocery store located at 33 S.W. 8 Street, Homestead, Florida. He then ordered the victim at gun point into the vehicle and drove away. While inside the vehicle, the subject began to strangle the victim until she lost consciousness. Once she awakened, she found herself in a wooded area and called 911. Miami-Dade Police Department, South District officers responded to the area and located the unoccupied vehicle. MDPD, K-9 units responded and began a search in the immediate area. A K-9 officer was confronted by the subject who pointed a shotgun toward him, forcing him to shoot. The female victim was located safely shortly thereafter.
The couple were divorced with four children in common. The children were in DCF custody prior to the incident.
UPDATE #2: It has been confirmed that the victim was never inside the trunk, she was placed in the back seat. When the vehicle was located, the trunk was open and information lead investigators to believe the victim was inside the trunk at one point. The subject opened the trunk to gain access to the shotgun.