LAUDERHILL (CBSMiami) – A teenager was shot by a Lauderhill police officer after he allegedly drove An SUV at the officer.
Just after 1 a.m. Thursday, police received a call about an erratic driver who had hit a number of parked cars. An officer spotted the vehicle a short time later and followed it into a cul-de-sac in the 5800 block of NW 19th Street in Sunrise.
When the officer got out his cruiser to stop the driver, police said the teen driver, who looked to be between 16 and 18 years of age, hit the accelerator and aimed toward the officer.
The officer pulled his gun and shot at the driver, striking him in the forearm.
“The subject then ended up hitting a house in the City of Sunrise,” said Lauderhill police spokesman Rick Rocco.
He was taken to an area hospital and then to a juvenile facility.
It turns out the SUV the teen was driving didn’t belong to him. A woman driving by the area saw the police activity and realized the SUV belonged to her cousin and gave her a call.
“He took my keys,” said Prince.
“It’s crazy how you usually wake up out of your sleep and your vehicle is in another person’s home,” said Prince’s son Mark Guillaume.
Turns out the teen who police said stole the SUV is a friend of Prince’s son who was staying at their home overnight.
“How come he took my keys, he’s 16-years old,” said Prince. “You don’t’ got no license, not nothing like that.”
Prince, a single mother of five, is now worried how she will get to her job.
“I need my car back because if you don’t got no car, you can’t do nothing,” said Prince.
The teen is facing a host of charges including grand theft and aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer.