Cops in Florida killed a woman after an apparent hit-and-run crash where she knocked a police officer to the ground while trying to escape.
Two Miami Beach police officers ran to the initial crsah site after the driver blew a red light and careened into another vehicle around 6:15 p.m. Sunday, police said.
The woman tried speeding away in the black BMW as witnesses in the city’s festive entertainment district yelled at her to stop, according to local reports. Then she hit the cop.
Miami Beach police Chief Dan Oates told reporters the impact threw the officer to the pavement and left him unconscious.
After watching the officer fall to the ground, the other cop fired at least four shots at the woman, striking her and car as she tried to flee, according to police and witnesses. The mortally wounded driver then lost control of her car and struck another vehicle.
Police investigate a wrecked car after its driver was fatally shot by a Miami Beach police officer.
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First responders pulled her from the mangled car and rushed her to a nearby hospital. She could not be saved.
The officer was unconscious “for a period of time,” Oates said, and is now stable and alert. He is being treated at a hospital for a head injury.
A pair of tourists from Philly witnessed the initial crash from their dinner at the Sugar Factory patio along Ocean Drive.
Shay Davis and Monique Teller saw the woman’s car ram into the back of a work truck that had stopped for traffic.
The wounded Miami Beach police officer is loaded into an ambulance after being hit by a suspectd hit-and-run driver.
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“I don’t know what she was trying to do, but she just left the scene,” Davis told the Miami Herald.
The driver and officer were not immediately identified, and Miami Dade Police Department investigators are probing why the other cop opened fire on the driver.
The Miami Beach police force changed its policies in 2014 to prohibit officers from shooting at a moving car, unless someone inside that vehicle brandishes a weapon or shoots first.