MIAMI (CBSMiami) – An undercover Plantation police officer and a suspected drug dealer was shot
during a drug enforcement sting operation Friday afternoon in the parking lot of the Bass Pro Shop in Dania Beach.
According to Miami DEA spokesperson Anne-Judith Lambert, the shooting happened during a joint operation
of the DEA Miami office and the Broward Sheriff’s Office.
She says when officers were trying to arrest their suspect, he opened fire.
A Plantation police officer, who is part of the BSO task force returned fire.
Both men were rushed to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to Lambert.
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A worker at the Divers Direct store, next to Bass Pro Shop, said she saw someone leave the lot and says she was unable to return because everything was locked down, “It’s a crazy time. We all need to be safe,” she said.
Close by, Mark Behrens was working at Tiger Tail Lake.
“Some people said they heard at least five or six shots,” he said.
Afterward, there was a swarm of police.
While normally quiet he says on Thursday, there was a lot of police activity just north at the
Tri-Rail station off Griffin Road, when a suspect ditched a car.
“Two days in a row it’s crazy,” he said.