Four officers were injured in separate shootings in Miami-Dade Tuesday morning, setting off a massive police search and confrontation that ended with two suspects dead.
One of the Miami-Dade officers was shot in the abdomen and was in surgery early Tuesday. The other two were shot in the arm and all were expected to be okay, police said.
"We want to ask for the continued prayers and support for the officers and their families as well as the Miami-Dade community in general," Miami-Dade Police Director J.D. Patterson said at a news conference.
The first shooting was reported around 5 a.m. when an officer responded to a robbery call at a Walgreen's near Northwest 22nd Street and Northwest 27th Avenue. At least one suspect opened fire on the unidentified officer, who was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital.
"After the original officer was shot, we believe that gentleman, that subject did jump into the police car and take the police car," Patterson said.
The incident set off a massive manhunt involving Miami Police, Miami-Dade Police and Hialeah Police.
It's believed the suspect or suspects ditched the police car and got into another vehicle. A short time later, officers closed in on a car at Northwest 26th Avenue and 64th Street.
At one point, officers surrounded the blue Volvo convertible that matched the description of a car related to the incident, and shots were reportedly fired.
Two more officers were shot at the scene in Hialeah and were taken to the hospital. A fourth officer was injured by broken glass at the scene, Patterson said.
One suspect was reportedly killed at the scene, while the other was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead, police said.
The suspects haven't been identified but it's believed they are tied to a robbery or shooting. Patterson said the officers were in a dangerous situation.
"Anytime an officer is assaulted by anybody, that person is dangerous," he said.
Dozens of cops responded to the hospital to be at the side of their injured fellow officers.
Miami Fraternal Order of Police President Javier Ortiz thanked the hospital for caring for the officers and said it could have been much worse.
"It is a blessing that no innocent citizens were injured or killed as a result of the reckless actions of the subjects," Ortiz said in a statement.
Patterson said it is still an ongoing investigation.
No other information was immediately known.