2 Florida police officers shot and wounded outside Miami headquarters

Two Florida police officers were shot and wounded late Friday morning near Miami-Dade police headquarters in Doral, according to reports.
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Two Florida police officers were shot and wounded late Friday morning near Miami-Dade police headquarters in Doral, according to reports.

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Suspect shot dead after officers returned fire, according to reports

Two Florida police officers were shot and wounded Friday morning near Miami-Dade police headquarters in Doral, and a suspect was killed after officers returned fire, according to reports.

CBS4 Miami reported the shooting happened shortly after 11 a.m. at NW 94th Avenue and NW 25th Street, but authorities have not yet identified the gunman who died.

The shooting stemmed from “a road rage incident” in which one car was chasing another vehicle, according to law enforcement officials.

The wounded officers were responding to the scene and were not involved in the confrontation, CBS4 reported.

The man being chased was attempting to reach the nearby Miami-Dade Police Department headquarters for help, and the shooter opened fire on officers after he crashed into a tree, The Associated Press reported.

“Our officers were alerted to the incident that had occurred and were in the area,” Doral police spokesman Ray Valdes said, according to CBS4. “They came upon a traffic accident where a vehicle had struck a tree and spun out of control. As our officers were observing this, the subject in that car jumped out of his car and opened fire.”

It was unclear what sparked the initial dispute. The driver who was being chased was not identified and there was no indication that charges would be filed.

One deputy was hit in the face by shrapnel and the other was shot in the chest, arm and leg, AP reported. Both officers were taken to nearby hospitals, and their injuries were not believed to be life-threatening, CBS4 reported.

Another man in a truck was also wounded but was not involved in the confrontation between the other drivers, AP reports.

A large police presence from several agencies including the Florida Highway Patrol was on the scene, and streets were sealed off.

Earlier reports said two suspects were being sought, but details were scarce, according to CBS4.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating.

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