Witnesses: Woman shot by Miami Beach police after she slammed her car into a cop

miamiherald | 10/8/2017 | Staff
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Update: Woman and injured officer identified Monday, and video surfaces of moment car struck cop.

In the heart of South Beach’s entertainment district, a woman was shot dead by a police officer after causing at least one crash and then knocking a cop to the ground with her car Sunday evening.

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The incident happened amid a busy holiday weekend in Miami Beach, as people dined at sidewalk cafes and beachgoers walked off the sand. For hours, several blocks of Washington Avenue were roped off with yellow tape as police investigated.

Police Chief Daniel Oates said the incident started at about 6:15 p.m., when a woman driving a black BMW westbound on 12th Street hit a Mercedes with two men inside at Collins Avenue after running a red light. An officer who was nearby on foot because he was part of additional patrols for the weekend tried to get her to stop, but she accelerated and hit him, throwing him off his feet, Oates said.

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Another officer then opened fire. The driver lost control and then struck a parked white SUV on the east corner of 12th Street and Washington Avenue.

Oates said “one or more rounds” hit the woman, who later died at Jackson Memorial Hospital.

Tourists - Witnesses - Monique - Teller - Shay

Tourists and witnesses Monique Teller, left, and Shay Davis stay at the scene where a woman was shot dead after she slammed her car into an officer on Washington Avenue at Miami Bach on Sunday, October 8, 2017.

Per Miami Beach Police department policy, Miami-Dade detectives are investigating the officer-involved shooting. Late Sunday, Miami-Dade Police said there was a passenger in the BMW who was being questioned.

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Miami Beach police are investigating the collisions that occurred. The officer who was struck suffered lacerations to the...
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