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Police: Homestead Officer Fired In Self Defense

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HOMESTEAD (CBS4) – A Homestead police officer was forced to fire after a man in a stolen pick up truck reportedly tried to run him over.

According to Miami-Dade police spokesman Det. Javier Baez the incident began when an Ford F-150 pick up truck was stolen from a Publix parking lot.   When its owner realized his truck was gone he called police who saturated the area with officers.  One of them spotted the stolen truck area of SW 277th Terrace and 132nd Avenue.  Baez said when the officer approached the vehicle, the driver accelerated toward him.

Taking defensive action, Baez said, the officer fired on the driver; he did not say how many times the man was hit.

The injured man was man was airlifted to Homestead Hospital and then transferred to Jackson Memorial Hospital in critical condition.   The officer was not injured.

Police have not released the injured man’s name.

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