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.
Active shooter incident happening at Everglades NP. Main park road (SR 9336) closed for public safety. Visitors/residents in Flamingo should shelter in place. Suspect is a 33 y.o. white male. Federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies are coordinating the response.— Everglades National Park (@EvergladesNPS) March 29, 2021
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.
There are no injuries to report as of now. Suspect fired at park rangers unprovoked. Suspect is still at large.— Everglades National Park (@EvergladesNPS) March 29, 2021
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.
Suspect has been located and is in custody. Incident has been resolved. Press release to follow soon. Please continue to avoid the area.— Everglades National Park (@EvergladesNPS) March 29, 2021
Everglades National Park is maintained by the National Park Service. It sits in portions of Miami-Dade, Monroe and Collier counties.