NORTH MIAMI BEACH (CBSMiami) – A North Miami Beach police officer is recovering at Jackson Memorial Hospital after being shot twice while serving a search warrant. Two people are in police custody after turning themselves in.
City officials and family spoke to the public on Friday afternoon.
Suhaill Diaz, the sister of the officer Lino Diaz, asked the public for privacy while her brother recovers.
According to North Miami Beach Police, the shooting happened while the officer, Diaz, was conducting a search warrant outside of a home on N.E. 160th St. and N.E. 8th Ave. around 6:00 a.m.
“This morning at approximately 6:10 am, the North Miami Beach Police Department was conducting a joint investigation with the Department of Labor,” said North Miami Beach Police Chief J. Scott Dennis.
Officers went to the home as part of an ongoing fraud investigation.
“We do many search warrants. It’s one of the most dangerous things police officers do,” said North Miami Beach Police Department public information officer Kathy Katerman.
And police were especially on guard because one of the suspects were seen in a rap video on YouTube, waving a gun and appearing to taunt officers.
“We were aware of this video and we used it in our pre-planning,” said Katerman.
Before entering the home, multiple shots were fired, striking Diaz in the arm and the leg, said Katerman.
“Our team approached the house in usual fashion and they took on fire before they ever made entry, didn’t even make it through the front door and took on fire,” said Katerman.
Police were forced to use flash grenades. A busted door and window could be seen at the home where Diaz was shot.
Diaz was airlifted to Jackson Memorial Hospital. He is reportedly in good spirits heading into surgery.
NMB Police, Aventura Police, Miami-Dade Police and the SWAT team responded to the scene after the shooting.
Neighbors were startled awake by loud noises.
“Boom, boom, boom, like that. It was a big noise,” said neighbor Moses Tanis. “Of course I was scared, because it was a big noise, a big noise.”
“All I heard was a big boom this morning when I was sleeping and it woke me up and I never went back to sleep,” said Erica Weekes, who lives in the neighborhood.
One man who did not want to be identified said he heard a number of shots fired.
“A little after 6 am, there were a couple of deep gunshots and then shortly thereafter, there was a higher-pitched, rapid-fire succession, about five shots,” said the neighbor.
A busted door and window was seen at the home where Officer Diaz was shot. Police cruisers and yellow tape cordoned off the area.
Chopper 4 over the scene revealed a woman in a yellow shirt with handcuffs next to a police cruiser, getting fingerprinted.
Both of the people inside the home surrendered to police after negotiators were brought in, according to police. Both are in custody.
“We want to thank the community for its prayers and for their support and also the law enforcement community for all its support this morning,” said Dennis.
Late Friday evening a woman, who refused to give her name, arrived at the home and told CBS4 News that she lived there with her son and husband.
She told CBS4 that she has no idea why police showed up at her home early this morning to serve a search warrant and she denied that anyone from inside the home shot North Miami Beach officer Lino Diaz.
A reporter asked her if someone from this house shot Officer Diaz. The woman replied, “No. Nobody from this house shoot a police officer. Nobody.”
The woman said her 25-year-old son, who she refused to name, has done nothing wrong.
“They’re trying to portray him like he’s a bad person,” the woman said. “He’s not. He’s an honor roll student. He’s a good kid.”