MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Miami officers are investigating a police-involved shooting that happened overnight.
According to City of Miami Police Chief Rodolfo Llanes, authorities received a domestic-related call of a stolen vehicle near NW 59th Street and 19th Avenue.
As officers responded to the call, they received reports of a crash a block away.
Police say that the suspect hit a parked car on the corner of 59th Street and 18th Avenue, crashed through a white fence and into the side of a home.
The car then flipped over in the home’s backyard.
“The guy hit the gate, the car flipped over in the yard and he jumped out and ran the other way,” said homeowner Yvon Dexter. “He jumped the gate and got stopped over there across the street.”
The suspect then jumped over a fence and fled from officers, who were just arriving on scene.
As police confronted the suspect, who they say had a gun, shots were fired.
“The suspect took off on foot and officers gave chase,” Llanes said. “Shortly thereafter they confronted the suspect who was armed. The subject was shot a number of times. He is critical but stable at this time.”
The tenants sleeping in the home say they are lucky, as a teenage boy was asleep just inches away from where the car hit the building.
“Sleeping in that room right there, maybe about three-four feet away from the crash,” said tenant Dedrick Marshall. “That would’ve been very tragic for me, if that car would’ve had my son.”
The two officers involved in the shooting were not injured.
Edward Lugo, President of the Miami Fraternal Order of Police, said the officers did what they had to do protect the community.
“They are heroes. They, on Christmas Eve, confronted the subject that was armed and could’ve possibly taken their life, but they were able to neutralize him,” said Lugo. “This is not something they wanted to do but something they did do to protect and serve the community.”
They have been placed on administrative leave, pending an investigation.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement was also on scene Sunday morning to investigate.