SW MIAMI-DADE (CBSMiami) – A man is in the hospital in critical condition after a Miami-Dade police officer stopped a man about what he was carrying, then shot the man when he reached for it. Police said the 3-year veteran of the department shot a man carrying a baseball bat in his belt.
The shooting happened on SW 72nd street west of an area known as Horse Country around 3:30 Monday morning, according to Miami-Dade police spokesperson Det. Aida Fina-Milian.
She said the officer, whose name has not been made public, was on what she called a ‘routine patrol’ when the officer spotted the man walking on the sidewalk with a shiny object in his waistband.
Det. Fina-Milian said the officer stopped the man and ordered him to show his hands. The officer told investigators that the man tried to reach for the item in his pants, so the officer fired at the man, wounding him.
Det. Fina-Milian said the man survived the shot and was taken by paramedics to Kendall Regional Medical Center in critical condition.
Police have not released his name, or explained why the officer decided to stop the man as he was walking along the street.