Police said a South Florida police officer fired his pistol from inside his patrol car after he collided with a suspect who escaped from the burglary.
The authorities said that Minor Cruz Solis, 22, was shot twice in the face during the accident, which occurred on Sunday evening and remained in critical condition in a hospital in Miami late.
Homestead Sgt. Police said Jose Murillo fired his rifle after colliding with an SUV driven by Cruz Solis as the chase ended.
The Miami Herald reported that authorities had not found a weapon inside the suspected GMC Terrain.
“It’s too early to comment yet,” Stedman Stahl, president of the Miami-Dade Police Charity, told the newspaper. “They haven’t treated the car yet.”
Just before 10 pm, an officer responded Sunday to a “robbery in progress” at a home in Homestead, south of Miami.
The Herald reported that Cruz Solis had arrived at the house and encountered two people. Interrogators said he threw things at residents and was acting “crazy and violent.”
Investigators said Cruz Solis got into the SUV when the officers arrived and drove toward a police car. A car chase ensued, which ended when the vehicle collided with the patrol car.
The Herald reported that investigators were waiting for blood tests to determine if Cruz Solis was drunk. Court records show that he has a history of sugar and violence incidents in Palm Beach County, where he lives.
Cruz Solis has been charged with beating law enforcement officers after summoning Jupiter police to a house because of an “unwanted guest” who wanted to search through a woman’s phone.
Records show that Cruz Solis was arrested twice for violent speech. He threatened to kill his ex-girlfriend’s new friend, smashing a beer bottle in front of an officer who responds to the anti-theft alert.
Cruz Solis pleaded guilty to all cases and was sentenced to 364 days in prison.
It is not clear if Cruz Solis has a lawyer.
The Miami-Dade Police Department is investigating the latest incident, and the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office will determine whether the shooting of Murillo is warranted.