Shooting suspect in custody at Everglades National Park

Domestic violence suspect accused of firing at park rangers
Cypress tree at Everglades National Park in 2019
Posted at 8:56 PM, Mar 28, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-28 23:26:09-04

EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK, Fla. — A 33-year-old domestic violence suspect was taken into custody Sunday night after opening fire at park rangers at Everglades National Park.

According to a news release from the National Park Service, the man was suspected of a domestic violence incident earlier in the day but was gone when rangers arrived. They later found his vehicle abandoned on the main park road and had reason to believe he was armed and had fled into the woods.

The National Park Service said the suspect fired shots at the rangers along the main park road, about 20 miles from the Homestead entrance, about 6:45 p.m.

Miami-Dade police closed the Homestead entrance to the park while federal, state and local law enforcement assisted in the search for the shooter.

According to the news release, the suspect surrendered and was taken into custody just before 9 p.m.

No injuries were reported.

Everglades National Park is maintained by the National Park Service. It sits in portions of Miami-Dade, Monroe and Collier counties.