MIAMI (CBS Miami) – A North Miami Beach police officer was shot dead Thursday morning in an “ongoing shooting,” police said.
Chief Richard Rand told CBS4 that four people were taken to hospital, but the officer involved was not injured.
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The shooting started between two cars, police said. Chief Rand said cars started pulling each other around 3 a.m. as they drove near 163rd Street and Biscayne Boulevard in North Miami Beach.
When the officer attempted to intervene and stop one of the vehicles, a person inside at least one of the cars started shooting at the officer, who also fired his gun.
Police said neither the officer nor his police vehicle was hit in the shooting. The officer is a 6-year veteran and a North Miami Beach Police Sergeant, although police have yet to release his name.
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One of the cars involved, a white BMW, was found nearby on Northeast 157th Terrace. According to Chief Rand, four people in that car were shot or grazed and all were taken to hospital.
As of Thursday morning, no one had been arrested and police were still looking for the second car involved in the initial shooting, a black four-door Dodge Charger.
Anyone who may have witnessed the incident is urged to call North Miami Beach Police or Crime Services at (305) 471-8477 (TIPS).
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Road closures are scheduled until approximately 8 a.m. northeast of 151st Street North to 177th Street on Biscayne Blvd.