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Miami Police Officer's Wife Dies After Getting Trapped in SUV's Back Seat

Police-issued SUV has cage, bars on windows and can only be opened from outside, official said

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The wife of a Miami Police officer died after she became trapped in the back seat of his police-issued SUV for several hours, officials said.

Clara Paulino died Friday after becoming trapped in the SUV outside the Miami Shores home she shares with her husband, Officer Aristides Paulino, Matthew Reyes, the vice president of the Miami Fraternal Order of Police, confirmed Monday.

Reyes said the SUV has a cage that separates the back seat from the front seat and has bars on the windows. The SUV's doors lock and can only be opened from the outside.

It's unknown exactly how long Clara Paulino was trapped in the car as temperatures on Friday reached into the 90s.

Reyes called the incident a horrific tragedy.

"Horrible, horrible, horrible, imagine someone, that happening to someone," neighbor Daphne Steward said. "She loved her family and her children and I believe it's just an unfortunate situation."

Miami-Dade Police said the incident remains under investigation but gave no other details.

"Miami PD will not be making any comments on this matter at this time as it is being investigated by the Miami-Dade Police Department," Miami Police said in a statement.

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