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Miami-Dade shootout: 1 dead, 3 police officers hospitalized after clash with alleged squatter wielding shotgun

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Three Miami-Dade police officers were hospitalized late Wednesday night after a gunfight at a home allegedly occupied by squatters, authorities said.

The Miami-Dade Police Department told Fox News Digital that uniformed patrol officers from the South Precinct were dispatched to 22291 SW 162nd Street in Miami around 10:40 p.m. and encountered a man brandishing a shotgun inside a residence. Told.

As officers approached the front door, a man who was reportedly crouching inside the home fired shots at officers. The officers returned fire, striking and killing the armed man.

Detective Alvaro Zabaleta said: “He fired at the officers and there was an exchange of gunfire.” “One police officer (a 35-year-old man) suffered a blow to his upper limb, and two police officers (57-year-old man) suffered bruises to his upper limbs and face.''

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According to the Miami-Dade Police Department, officers were dispatched to 22291 SW 162nd Street and encountered a man brandishing a shotgun inside a residence. (Google Maps)

The two injured officers were transported by fellow officers to Ryder Trauma Center south of Jackson, the department said. The third officer, a 40-year-old woman, was also hospitalized for a medical checkup.

“This kind of violence against police officers cannot be tolerated. By the grace of God, they are still alive today,” Miami-Dade Police Chief Stephanie V. Daniels said.

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The two injured officers were transported by fellow officers to Ryder Trauma Center south of Jackson, the department said. (St. Petersburg)

“I'm so grateful that I didn't have to go knock on the door of a police officer's family and tell them that their loved one wasn't coming home that day. I had a chance to talk to the police officers. They're doing very well. They're in stable condition,” Daniels continued, WBFS-TV reported.

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According to the report, Miami-Dade Mayor Daniela Levine Cava said, “We have a tremendous debt of gratitude to them. We are all grateful that they came out of this alive. I am doing it,” he added.

Daniela Levine Cava

Mayor Daniela Levin Cava said the city owes “a tremendous debt of gratitude” to the Miami-Dade police officer who was shot while responding to a call late Wednesday night. (Eva Marie Uzcategui/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

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The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating an officer-involved shooting.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact CrimeStoppers at (305) 471-TIPS (8477) or (866) 471-8477.

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