Woman shot dead after running over Miami Beach police officer
Brandon Lopez, NBC Miami
7:45 AM, Oct 9, 2017
7:47 AM, Oct 9, 2017
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. - A woman is dead after police said she ran her car over a Miami Beach police officer Sunday night.
According to investigators, a woman in her early 20s was driving a black BMW when she crashed into a vehicle on 12th Street and Ocean Drive and fled the scene.
"The car was coming westbound from Ocean on 12th and went through the red light, struck an occupied car on 12th and Collins," said Miami Beach Police Chief Dan Oates. "At some point, the driver made a decision to speed away and she continued west on 12th Street."
As the she was fleeing from the crash, she struck another vehicle on Lincoln Drive, police said.
Several people surrounded the driver, telling her to get out of the car. Once police arrived on the scene and asked the driver to get out of the car, the driver slammed the accelerator and ran over a police officer.
"One of the cops was in front of the car and when they were yelling at her to get out of the car, she just started the car again," said witness Miguel Garcia.
Police officers then fired several shots at the driver's black BMW, striking the female driver.
Both the driver and the officer were taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center, where the woman later died. The officer is listed in stable condition.
"Our officer who was injured, we know he lost consciousness at the scene for a period of time," said Oates. "He is now at the hospital. He is stable and alert but he is being treated for his head injury and undetermined at this time internal injuries.