A North Miami Beach officer has been hospitalized after being struck by a hit-and-run driver, police say.
Around 1 p.m., the officer was investigating an incident in the 17200 block of Biscayne Boulevard, North Miami Beach Police Chief Richard Rand said. It is unclear what the officer, who hasn’t been identified, was investigating.
Sometime after, he was told a hit-and-run had occurred nearby and proceeded to find out more. That’s when the suspect, who authorities say was a woman, ran him over with her vehicle.
When she continued to drive off, shots were fired and a police K-9 was used, Rand said.
The driver and the officer were taken to a hospital. It’s unclear how the driver was injured and whether she was shot.
She’s in stable condition, but Rand noted that the officer is in “very serious condition.”
After the shooting, Aventura police rerouted all southbound traffic from Northeast 186th Street and Biscayne Boulevard.
As of 4:50 p.m., North Miami Beach police said southbound Biscayne Boulevard from Miami Gardens Drive had reopened.
Evan Ross, a 31-year-old North Miami Beach man, waited more than an hour to get inside his home at Marina Palms in North Miami Beach, the entrance of which was cordoned off by police.
His 16-year-old sister-in-law had been home when she heard shots being fired outside her apartment, Ross said. Knowing she was safe, Ross’ main concern was the injured officer.
“[I’m] just hoping he’s OK,” he said. “I’m keeping my fingers crossed that he’s all right.”
This story will be updated.