- Associated Press - Thursday, April 21, 2016

MIAMI (AP) - The Latest on a police shooting in Florida (all times local):

3:30 p.m.

A man fatally shot by a Miami-Dade Police officer drove a stolen vehicle from Louisiana to the Miami suburbs, where he abducted his ex-wife at a grocery store.

Detective Alvaro Zabaleta said in a statement Thursday that the man reached the 38-year-old woman at a Homestead grocery store Wednesday evening and forced her into the vehicle at gunpoint.

Police initially said she had been in the vehicle’s trunk but Zabaleta said she was forced into the backseat. Zabaleta says the man strangled the woman until she lost consciousness. She called 911 when she woke up.

The couple was divorced and had four children who were in state custody before the woman’s abduction.

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


11:50 a.m.

Police say a Florida officer fatally shot a shotgun-wielding man who had kidnapped a woman and forced her into the trunk of a vehicle.

Miami-Dade Police Detective Jennifer Capote said in a statement that the woman was forced into the trunk Wednesday evening by an estranged domestic partner.

Officers found the vehicle in a wooded area. Capote says a K-9 officer was searching the area when he was confronted by the suspect, who pointed a shotgun toward him.

The officer shot the suspect, who was pronounced dead at the scene. The woman was found safe.

Miami-Dade Police said Thursday that the white male officer is a 23-year veteran and the white male suspect was in his 40s. No additional information was immediately available.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating.


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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