SWAT team members surround a SUV after a police chase on U.S. 27. (Source: CBS4)
MIAMI, Florida (CBSMiami) - A total of four people are dead after a shooting led to a wild police
chase that came to an end with a horrific crash and police stand-off at
U.S. 27 at Griffin Road.
Miami-Dade Police Department said it started around 9:45 a.m. when a
man shot two women during a domestic dispute at 12341 SW 190th Street in
South Miami Heights.
Police did not say what the relationship was between the man and the
women. They did confirm that at least four gun shots were fired in the
The man then took off
north on Krome Avenue in a black Mercedes-Benz Crossover. Dodging
traffic the SUV then raced north on U.S. 27 until it t-boned a Mercedes
sedan crossing the intersection at Griffin Road.
As police approached
the SUV with their guns drawn, they dove for cover as shots were fired.
A Broward Sheriff's SWAT team and an armored vehicle were requested.
A BSO deputy tried to assist the woman inside the sedan that was hit, however she died on the scene.
Officers from Miami-Dade police, the Broward Sheriff's Office,
Davie police and Pembroke Pines police were involved in the stand off.
Patrons at a nearby truck stop on U.S. 27 watched the drama unfold.
"They started blocking the parking lo,t shots were fired, they told
us to take cover and we saw 60 guns pointed this way," said Mike
Police said since the SUV's windows were tinted and that made it very difficult to see what was going on inside the vehicle.
At 10:30 a.m., several SWAT team members decked out in full tactical
gear with assault rifles raised took up positions around the SUV as the
police officers pulled back. Their armored vehicle then slowly
approached the SUV and the SWAT members took up positions behind it
trying to get a better view of what was happening inside the SUV.
At 10:45 a.m, a second
armored SWAT vehicle from Miami-Dade police arrived on the scene and
took up a position behind the first armored vehicle. Minutes later a
third armored SWAT vehicle arrived. It went directly to the SUV and
nudged its crumpled front end then pulled back several feet.
The Miami-Dade SWAT vehicle then pulled up directly behind the SUV, essentially boxing it in.
At 11 a.m., the SWAT
team members from Miami-Dade, BSO, Pembroke Pines and Davie moved in,
surrounded the vehicle, looked in the windows and then opened the
driver's side door. Inside, they found the body of the driver. Police
said he died from a self inflicted gun shot wound.
Northbound U.S. 27 and westbound Griffin Road near the scene were closed to traffic for the investigation.
The names of the dead have not been released.