SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE (CBSMiami) – The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating a police-involved shooting at the Falls Shopping Center in Southwest Miami-Dade after a suspected shoplifter pulled a weapon on an officer, according to police.

According to Miami-Dade Police spokesman Alvaro Zabaleta, personnel inside the Macy’s Department store, located at SW 136h Street and 92 Avenue, spotted the suspected shoplifter and called police around 8:20 p.m. Friday night.

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As Miami-Dade police approached him, he tried to leave the store and pulled out what they believed to be a gun. An officer discharged his weapon, striking the suspect in the lower extremities, said Zabaleta.

He was transported to Jackson South Medical Center in critical but stable condition.

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Nobody else was hurt and shoppers inside the store were never in any danger.

This knife, that looks like a gun, was pulled out by a suspected shoplifter at Macy’s in the Falls Shopping Center and was shot by police on May 14, 2021. (CBS4)

As for the weapon, Zabaleta said it turned out to be a knife that looks identical to a gun.

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CBSMiami.com Team