MIAMI GARDENS (CBSMiami) – Police arrested a man in connection to a police involved shooting in Miami Gardens on Thursday.
Varnelson Ceus, 23, is charged with aggravated assault and a hit and run with injuries.
On Thursday, a Hollywood police officer fired his gun in Miami Gardens after a driver, police identify as Ceus, slammed into another car at NW 199th Street and NW 3rd Court.
The officer was on duty and driving his unmarked Dodge Charger according to Miami Gardens Assistant Police Chief Antonio Brooklyn.
Police said the officer saw Ceus driving at high speeds and tried to conduct a traffic stop.
Ceus allegedly sped away then crashed into an SUV with a woman, Deloris Parks, inside.
Once the crash happened, the officer got out of his car and ordered Ceus to the ground but he allegedly refused to surrender and put his vehicle in reverse. Police said he was attempting to run over the officer.
In fear for his life, police said, the officer started shooting at Ceus who sped off but was later arrested.
Parks who lives in Miami Gardens, told CBS4’s Maggie Newland she was on her way home from the store when she saw the police car, with lights and sirens on, following another vehicle.
“I see a police car and another car before the police car and he make a wide turn and he run right into to me and police keep on saying, ‘Get out of the car. Get out of the car,’ but the guy wouldn’t get out and police shoot. The guy back up the car and the guy took off and police shoot again.”
Parks said she had to duck into the passenger seat when the shooting started. “I was scared to death,” she said.
Police said Ceus did not sustain any injuries in the shooting. Parks was taken to the hospital for minor injuries.
Detectives said Ceus was positively identified by witnesses and the Hollywood Police Officer as the man who was driving the car at the time of the shooting.
Police have not released the name of the Hollywood officer who fired his weapon.