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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Two people wanted for a string of armed robberies are accused of shooting at Hialeah police officers.
It happened around 2 a.m. at a mobile home park along NW 29th Court and 75th St.
When the two suspects began shooting, Hialeah police said their officers returned fire.
The President of the police union that represents the officers tells CBS4 that an investigation would prove that the Hialeah officers were justified in their actions.
Both suspects were taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital. No police officers were injured.
One woman who lives nearby said she heard the gunfire.
“It was shocking. You’re sleeping and you hear like 10 to 15 gunshots back to back,” Adelen Ramos. “It’s a very dangerous situation what happened here and especially with what these criminals were wanted for.”
Ramos said she’s lived in the neighborhood for 20 years and this is the first time she’s seen yellow crime tape, evidence markers, and more than a dozen police officers near her home.
“Normally it’s very quiet here. A lot of elderly people live here,” she said.
Ramos added that she’ll do whatever she can to make her children feel safe.
“I’m getting cameras for sure. Definitely a surveillance system,” she said.
Police have not said why their officers were at the mobile home park or how many officers were involved.
Yamilety Bilbao said she also heard the gunfire and she was frightened.
“I was staying at my boyfriend’s place and I heard a lot of gunshots, like a trilling. It was non stop it seemed and then I heard a helicopter overhead”
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating the shooting.
Lt. Jose Proveyer, the President of the Fraternal Order of Police, Hialeah Lodge 12, said he was grateful that the officers were not injured. He said the suspects were wanted for a armed robberies in Hialeah and possibly other cities.
Proveyer told CBS4’s Peter D’Oench that he felt an investigation by Hialeah Police and the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office would prove that the officers were justified in taking the actions that they did.