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MIAMI (CBSMiami) — A father is in custody and his teenage son is recovering from a gunshot wound after confronting a homeowner while trying to escape from police.
It happened near the St. Michael’s church on West Flagler and S.W. 29th Avenue late Friday afternoon.
The incident began as Miami Police stopped a car driven by Vladimir Almaguer Sanchez, 45, believed to be stolen out of Hialeah. Inside, officers found drug paraphernalia, including several meth pipes. However, as they were taking Sanchez into custody, his 16-year-old son, in the passenger seat, hopped out of the car and took off in the surrounding neighborhood.
The teen allegedly stole the car to pick his father up from jail, the arrest report noted.
Two police perimeters were set up in the area. Investigators said the teen took some clothes out of a home’s washing machine to change his appearance.
Many residents had no idea what was happening.
“I have a newborn,” said Conny Quitialla. “Our first instinct was to lock ourselves down and keep low, in case any shooting happened.”
The teen suspect was eventually located after police got a call that he had been shot by a homeowner.
“We heard the gunshots, we came outside, the guy was running across the roof,” said witness Rene Hernandez. “And then the gentleman was saying, ‘He’s here, he’s here.’ And that’s pretty much it after I lost sight of him, after he crossed the street.”
According to detectives, the 82-year-old man was startled by the sound of noise coming from his basement, where he was confronted by the suspect and pushed. Armed, the homeowner fired a single shot, wounding the young man in the buttocks.
“Shots were fired within the home,” said Miami Police spokeswoman Kenia Fallat. “We know, from the homeowner, that he was forced to fire after he confronted a man inside the basement of his house.”
The suspect was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
A third person, believed to be the teen’s friend, was also apprehended.
Sanchez and his son are facing a number of charges, including grand theft and drug possession.