MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A man, who police were attempting to pick up, opened fire towards detectives and got away in a stolen car.READ MORE: ‘I Know What That Pain Feels Like’: Parkland Parents Heartbroken After School Shooting In Michigan
Miami-Dade Police Department, Warrants Bureau, was attempting to pick up Matthew Pryor at 2290 NE 136 Street for two outstanding probation warrants.
As detectives approached 30-year-old Pryor, MDPD said the man opened fire towards detectives. Officers began to set up a perimeter when they received a call regarding a carjacking matching Pryor’s description.
“While he was running across 135th street,” said Lt, John Jenkins from Miami-Dade Police, “there’s preliminary information that he was possibly struck by a vehicle at which time he immediately got up and was able to carjack a female who was getting ready for work this morning.”
The victim of the carjacking was not hurt.
Police said Pryor took a silver 2011 Nissan Rogue with Florida tag E59-5JT. He was last seen fleeing westbound in the Nissan.
Pryor’s mother is urging her son not to run.READ MORE: Miami Art Week Kicks Off With VIP Party
“Matthew! Come home, please turn yourself in,” she said. “Please turn yourself in. Don’t hurt yourself.”
Neighbors heard the gunfire around 7 AM.
Eddie and his wife Peggy Ruiz live very close by. They were letting the dogs out when it happened.
“It scared me to death,” said Peggy Ruiz. ” I ran and tripped over my stairs, I ran in the house to duck, cover.”
Serving arrest warrants can be very dangerous. It was the same squad that lost two officers four years ago; Officers Amanda Haworth and Roger Castillo were killed while serving a warrant.
Pryor has a long criminal history and was recently released from prison. “He is a career criminal,” said Lt. Jenkins. “The charges do vary from theft, to possession to burglary charges, but obviously this is a very dangerous individual that would, some officers come to arrest him for these warrants and he’d shoot at those officers.”
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Anyone with information is asked to contact Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS (8477).