MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating an officer-involved shooting in the Crossings neighborhood of SW Miami-Dade.
Miami-Dade investigators said they received reports of a man armed with a machete walking along the street, in the area of Southwest 126th Avenue and Southwest 108th Streetand, threatening a passersby.
When MDPD officers arrived they immediately attempted to de-escalate the situation by repeatedly giving the subject commands to drop the machete, police said.
Authorities said the man refused to comply, and charged towards one of the officers. “The officer discharged his firearm and struck the subject,” said Alvaro Zabaleta, MDPD Public Information Officer.
Images from Chopper 4 showed several police cruisers on the scene, as officers had cordoned off the area.
A neighbor told CBS4 that everything started when the man came of his house with machete in hand to tell a driver to move a car from his property.
The neighbor said he started hitting the car with the machete. This person told the man to stop and that the car would be moved.
Once inside the home, the neighbor called police.
The responding police officer attempted to calm the man down, but he got worked up again and came at the police officer with the machete and that is when the officer was forced to shoot the man, according to the neighbor.
Miami-Dade Fire Rescue responded to the scene and transported the subject to Kendall Regional Trauma Center, where he is listed in stable condition.
The officer was not injured during the incident.
Charges against the machete-wielding man are pending.
No other details were immediately available.