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Off-Duty Coral Gables Fire Lieutenant Hit by Stray Bullet in NW Miami-Dade

Firefighter hospitalized in critical condition, officials say

An off-duty Coral Gables fire lieutenant was rushed to the hospital after he was struck by a stray bullet in northwest Miami-Dade Sunday night.

The firefighter was in a car in the area of Northwest 27th Avenue and 46th Street in Brownsville when he was shot around 10:20 p.m., Miami-Dade police officials said.

Coral Gables Fire Department officials identified the man as Lt. Xavier L. Jones.

Jones was taken to a nearby hospital where he was in stable condition, officials said. His injuries were not life threatening.

The lieutenant posted a photo of his bullet wounds to Facebook with the caption " Last night I got shot in both legs by a stray bullet. I had to be transported to Ryder Trauma Center. By God's grace I am doing a lot better. Thanks every one for your prayers and concerns."

The shooting remains under investigation.

Jones was the recipient of the Firefighter of the Month award in July 2016.

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