Suspected armed carjacker dead after police-involved shooting in Miami

Posted at 10:24 AM, Oct 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-06 11:44:43-04

A suspected bank robber, who carjacked two people at gunpoint as he led officers on a high-speed pursuit and dove into the Miami River to try to escape, is dead after a police-involved shooting Friday morning, officials said.

The incident began sometime around 7 a.m. when FBI agents working with Miami-Dade police officers attempted to execute a search warrant at a home for the suspect, who was wanted in the robbery of a Wells Fargo bank back on Sept. 29, officials said.

The suspect, armed with a handgun, fled the scene on foot and immediately was involved in an armed carjacking, officials said.

A pursuit began near 36th Street and the armed suspect was seen breaking through a railroad crossing near a scrap metal area by South River Drive in the stolen BMW.

Aerial footage captured the suspect ditching his vehicle, pulling out what appeared to be gun and carjacking another driver in the area of Northwest 21st Street and 14th Avenue in Miami.

The suspect was involved in a countywide pursuit for nearly two hours before ditching the second vehicle near a bridge and jumping into the Miami River.

"This pursuit that ensued lasted for quite some time, from the north Dade area of Miami-Dade into the jurisdiction of Miami Police," Miami-Dade Police Director Juan Perez said at a news conference Friday.

Officers surrounded the suspect with guns drawn and tried to negotiate with him. He was seen speaking with officers in neck-deep water for at least 20 minutes.

The incident resulted in a police-involved shooting, according to Miami-Dade Police Department. Officials confirmed the suspect was dead.

"Our hostage negotiators did begin to communicate and try to negotiate with this individual who was still armed at the time," Perez said. "Unfortunately, after, I can't tell you how long it was but it was quite some time, of negotiating with the individual to come out of the water and to drop the weapon, he did not and the end result is that we have a police-involved shooting."

Police say no injuries to officers have been reported as a result of the incident.

The suspect's name isn't being released, pending notification of next of kin.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement will be investigating the police-involved shooting.

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