- Associated Press - Thursday, April 21, 2016

MIAMI (AP) - A Florida police officer fatally shot a shotgun-wielding man who had abducted his ex-wife at a grocery store and choked her in a stolen vehicle he drove down from Louisiana, police said Thursday.

The man pointed the gun at a K-9 officer who confronted him while searching a wooded area where the vehicle was found Wednesday evening, according to a statement from Miami-Dade Police.

The officer shot the suspect, who was pronounced dead at the scene. Police did not release the identities of either man, but the statement described the white male officer as a 23-year veteran and the suspect as a white man in his 40s.

The 38-year-old woman, whose name was not released, was found safe.

The suspect reached her Wednesday at a grocery store in the Miami suburb of Homestead and forced her into the vehicle at gunpoint before driving away, according to a statement from Detective Alvaro Zabaleta.

Police initially said she had been in the vehicle’s trunk, but Zabaleta said she had been forced into the backseat.

While in the vehicle, the man strangled the woman until she lost consciousness, Zabaleta said. She called 911 when she woke up.

The man and woman were divorced and had four children, according to police. The children were in state custody in Florida before the woman’s abduction, Zabaleta said.

Miami-Dade Police are investigating the abduction, while state law enforcement authorities are investigating the man’s shooting by the K-9 officer.


This story has been corrected to say that a Miami-Dade Police officer was involved in the shooting, not a Miami Police officer.

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