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Former Miami-Dade School Board Member Booked Into Jail After Shooting at Officers Last Weekend

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  • According to police, the incident started around 4 p.m. Sunday in the parking lot of the Pembroke Lakes Mall.

A former member of the Miami-Dade School Board was released from the hospital Thursday night and taken to the Broward County jail after police say he led officers on a chase last weekend before opening fire on them.

Officers have charged 81-year-old Solomon Stinson with seven counts in the case, including two counts of attempted murder.

According to police, the incident started around 4 p.m. Sunday in the parking lot of the Pembroke Lakes Mall outside the AMC movie theater over a parking spot. That's when the suspect fired shots at the victim's car, shattering her rear window.

Officials said Stinson took off in a car, and police saw him shooting at others on Flamingo Road and Johnson Street.

A SWAT team caught up to Stinson but he was unwilling to surrender, officials said. They approached him and took him into custody using a "less lethal weapon," officials said.

Stinson wasn't injured by the gunfire, police said. No officers or civilians were injured in the incident.

Additionally, Pembroke Pines police say Stinson was involved in an aggravated assault in Miramar. In that incident, a woman approached his vehicle in a residential community. Stinson pointed his gun at the victim, as he drove through her neighborhood, officials said.

Stinson faces charges including attempted homicide, and aggravated assault with a firearm. Attorney information wasn't available.

Records showed Stinson began with career with Miami-Dade Schools in 1960 as a teacher at Holmes Elementary School. He was also principal of North Glade Elementary from 1970 to 1973.

Stinson was elected to the school board in 1996, and retired in 2010.

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