Miami-Dade Officer Shot During Walgreen's Robbery Released From Hospital

Monday, Dec 16, 2013  |  Updated 1:10 PM EDT
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A day after he was shot during a deadly gun battle with a suspect that led to a massive police manhunt, a veteran Miami-Dade Police officer remained hospitalized. Meantime, Walgreens employee Daihana Lugo spoke about how the suspect, Adrian Montesano, held a gun to her neck inside the store before he was involved in a series of shootings. NBC 6’s Justin Finch reports.

A day after he was shot during a deadly gun battle with a suspect that led to a massive police manhunt, a veteran Miami-Dade Police officer remained hospitalized. Meantime, Walgreens employee Daihana Lugo spoke about how the suspect, Adrian Montesano, held a gun to her neck inside the store before he was involved in a series of shootings. NBC 6’s Justin Finch reports.

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The Miami-Dade Police officer who was shot while investigating a Walgreen's robbery that led to a massive manhunt and fatal police confrontation was released from the hospital.

Officer Saul Rodriguez was released from Jackson Memorial Hospital over the weekend after he was shot in the abdomen Tuesday, Miami-Dade Police said Monday.


Police say Rodriguez was responding to a call of shots fired during the robbery at the store at 2700 W. Flagler Street when he was shot by 27-year-old suspect Adrian Montesano.

After Montesano shot him, he placed a gun to the officer's head and stole his credit card, the Miami Police Benevolent Association revealed Thursday.

Montesano then fled the scene in Rodriguez's marked police cruiser.


Montesano abandoned the police car and took a blue Volvo that belongs to his grandmother, and was joined by 50-year-old Corsini Valdes. Police tracked the car down to Northwest 27th Avenue and 70th Street, where the suspects exchanged gunfire with officers, police said. Montesano and Valdes were killed in the shootout.

Two officers were struck by bullets in the gunfight, while three other officers suffered minor injuries. The two other officers who were shot were treated and released from the hospital.

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