Palmetto Expressway Re-Opens After Police-Involved Shooting

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A section of the Palmetto Expressway was temporarily closed Friday morning for an investigation into a police-involved shooting.

Police were conducting a traffic stop when a silver Camry sped past them at a high rate of speed. They chased after it and attempted to pull over the driver at a shopping center on SW 80th Street and U.S. 1, but the driver sped off. The officers lost sight of the car, but after searching the area, they found that it had crashed into a chain linked fence on the Palmetto Expressway swale at SW 76th Street and SW 80th Street.

As officers approached the car, the driver got out and started to run. The officers ran after him. The man was armed with a gun and pointed it at the officers. One of two officers pulled his own gun and fired at the fleeing man who ran west across the Palmetto Expressway.

A large perimeter was set up and a search was conducted, but the man wasn’t found.

For the investigation and search, police shut down the northbound lanes of the Palmetto Expressway between U.S. 1/South Dixie Highway and Sunset Drive around 5 a.m. They also closed ramps to the highway at U.S. 1 and Kendall Drive.

The expressway and the ramps were re-opened just before 7:30 a.m.

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