A man and a woman who allegedly drove off from a theft at a pharmacy were shot and killed by officers on Friday when the pair's car was used to try run over police, according to Miami-Dade police.
The moment that two officers opened fire came about 2 p.m., when officers were approaching the car and the female suspect who was driving "attempted to use the vehicle to strike another officer," according to Detective Alvaro Zabaleta, spokesman for Miami-Dade police.
The woman died at the scene, and her male passenger was taken to a hospital, where he died Friday night, police said. No officers were injured in the incident. The names of those involved haven’t been released.
The events began when a theft was reported at CVS pharmacy at 7199 SW 117th Ave., Zabaleta said. Officers arrived in time to be shown the suspects’ car by pharmacy staff as the car was being driven away from the store, police said.
“Security personnel were able to point out to officers the subject vehicle that was attempting to flee the area,” Zabaleta said.
A police pursuit ensued, but it didn’t last long, police said. The suspects’ car hit a pole in the area of Southwest 56th Street and Southwest 117th Avenue, police said.
Then the police shooting occurred, police said.
John Rivera, president of the Miami-Dade Police Benevolent Association, on Friday called the shooting justified.
“From our perspective, our officer acted very professionally,” Rivera said.