Hey, if you get wounded enforcing bogus "anti-grass" laws, who cares? Or as mother would say, good riddance to bad rubbish.
The Miami Herald
What began as a bust on a suspected marijuana house turned dangerous and deadly Tuesday night, with bullets flying at officers and police returning fire.
It ended with a Miami-Dade police detective in critical and at least one suspect dead. Miami Herald news partner WFOR CBS4 reported that a second suspect was hurt and in police custody.
The shots were fired about 7 p.m. in the area of Coral Way and Southwest 60th Street. Neighbors said it looked like officers had arrived to bust a suspected marijuana grow house in the area.
Miami Herald news partner WFOR CBS4 reported on its website that police went to the home and asked for consent to search it. About the same time, a car pulled up, a man got and fired shots at them.
Officers returned fire.
The man who fired at the officers was struck and killed. A second suspect was shot and in custody, CBS4 reported.
The detective, whose name was not released, was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center. Police spokesman Detective Roy Rutland said the detective was shot multiple times in the abdomen. He was in critical but stable condition Tuesday night after surgery at the hospital, where he was joined by his family and dozens of fellow officers.
Hours later, Coral Way between Southwest 57th and 62nd avenues remained closed to traffic, and helicopters hovered overhead. Officers from cities spread across Miami-Dade came to help.
The shooting happened at a time when most people were arriving home from work or already inside. Many said they had the TV on, one man was watching the Olympics, when they heard the sudden crackle of gunfire.
One neighbor, who did not give her name, said she was at home with her dogs when she heard the gunshot. She saw a man with a high-powered rifle shoot at police officers.
When she came out, she saw armed officers not in uniform. They told her to leave her home immediately.
Another neighbor, who only gave his first name of Noel, said he was at home, watching the Olympics in shorts when an officer knocked on his door and said he had to leave. He had to borrow a shirt from another person.
Luis Fajardo, 52, said he lived on Southwest 35th Street and 57th Avenue. He was coming home when he started to see at least 30 police cars filling up the otherwise typical West Miami-Dade neighborhood, a place filled with single-family homes, trees and has a park nearby.
“You never think that this would happen in your neighborhood,” said Mike Gonzalez, 53, who lives about a block away from where the shooting happened.
Miami Herald staff writer Diana Moskovitz contributed to this report.