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Suspect in custody after Miami-Dade police detective 'ambushed,' shot

Police chief says narcotics detective grazed in head by bullet
Scene of police-involved shooting in Miami, March 8, 2023
Posted at 11:59 AM, Mar 09, 2023

MIAMI — A suspect accused of ambushing and shooting a South Florida police officer has been apprehended.

Miami-Dade Police Director Freddy Ramirez said Thursday morning that the "coward who ambushed" a narcotics detective was taken into custody.

Ramirez said the detective was attempting to take someone into custody Wednesday when the suspect shot the detective from behind, "striking him in the back of the head."

The wounded detective was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center.

"Thank goodness, it's a graze wound, and he's going to be OK," Ramirez told reporters outside the hospital.

Ramirez said the detective has been released from the hospital and was recovering at home.

The identities of the detective and the suspect were not immediately known.