Police: Officer Fired At Man in Self-Defense

The officer wasn't injured, but driver was hospitalized in critical condition

Monday, Aug 15, 2011  |  Updated 9:26 AM EDT
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Police: Officer Fired At Man in Self-Defense

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Authorities say a Homestead police officer shot a man in a pickup truck in self-defense.
 
Miami-Dade County police spokesman Javier Baez says the officer was searching for a stolen vehicle about 1:30 p.m. Sunday. He spotted the van and approached it.
 
At that point, Baez says, the man inside the vehicle suddenly accelerated.
 
Baez says the officer fired at the man in self-defense.
 
The Miami Herald reported the officer was not injured, but the driver was taken to Jackson Memorial's Ryder Trauma Center in critical condition.
 
No further details were immediately available.

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