MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The North Miami Beach Police Department said one of its own was forced to fire his weapon at a driver who ran him over Thursday afternoon.

It all began with a hit-and-run crash somewhere just north of 172 on Biscayne Blvd.

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The cars involved ended up in a parking lot at 172 where an officer was already there, investigating an unrelated case.

“Somebody came up the officer told him hey, this car just hit this other car. The officer got out of his patrol car, walked up to the two-vehicle involved,” said North Miami Beach Police Chief Richard Rand.

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When the officer got out of his car, investigators said the woman driving the red car tried to get away.

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“The female that was driving the red vehicle attempted to flee again, actually struck the officer, causing him to hit the ground, continued to try to flee, the officer was in front of the vehicle at which time shots were fired and K-9 deployed to stop the threat,” said Rand.

According to police, that officer suffered injuries in his midsection and lower body after being run over.

The woman was also being checked out at the hospital.

At this point, police are not sure if anyone was actually hit by gunfire.

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“I heard one shot,” said Rosa Duron, who lives nearby. “I heard like some screaming and I didn’t hear the shots too good because I had my window up, so I hear it very, very light.”

Ted Scouten