Man Injured, Dog Killed in Miami-Dade Officer-Involved Shooting

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating a police-involved shooting involving officers of the Miami-Dade Police Department that resulted in a man injured and a dog killed.

It happened around 3:20 a.m. Wednesday in the 1300 block of Northwest 57th Avenue in Miami.

According to investigators, officers were conducting a check of an area known for loitering and narcotics activity. They approached two parked vehicles and requested the occupants to provide identification.

One subject identified himself as 21-year-old Bernardo Castaneda Jr. of Miami. As the officers were conducting a records check, one of the officers noticed Castaneda's actions that led him to believe he may attempt to flee.

Moments later, Castaneda ran towards his vehicle. The officers attempted to stop Castaneda, breaking the driver side window in an effort to gain control of him.

The vehicle then began to go in motion and shots were fired. Castaneda continued to flee the scene in an unknown direction.

The department later received information that a person arrived at South Miami Hospital emergency room suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. The vehicle in which he arrived matched the description of the vehicle that had fled the scene.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue transported the injured person to Kendall Regional Trauma Center where he underwent surgery and is listed in stable condition.

It was later confirmed the person injured was Castaneda. The officers were not injured in the incident.

Investigators were informed that approximately two weeks ago, Castaneda fled from MDPD, Kendall District officers. He has now been charged with fleeing and eluding, and resisting without violence.

As crime scene technicians were processing the inside of the vehicle, they discovered a deceased dog from an apparent gunshot wound.

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