One Miami-Dade police officer was shot dead & 3 others wounded Thursday morning after a traffic stop of an erratic driver in a Miami-Dade County neighborhood. The suspect opened fire with a high-powered weapon before fleeing. South Florida officers from a variety of departments swarmed the area in a five hour unsuccessful attempt to catch the suspect, identified as Shawn Sherwin LaBeet (25). LaBeet was wanted in Broward County for an aggravated assault.
The identity of the officer killed was not released on Thursday by Miami-Dade Commander Linda O'Brien. One of the less-seriously wounded officers is Tomas Tundidor (37). The other officers were not identified on Thursday because all of their family members had not yet been notified. It was not clear what injuries the other officers suffered.
The shooting occurred around 11 AM when officers working a burglary detail spotted a suspicious car in an apartment complex at Southwest 280th Street & 143rd Court. The man stepped out of the car & opened fire with what appeared to be an AK-47, striking four officers, one fatally, & then fleeing in his auto.
Initially, the suspect was misidentified because of a stolen drivers license he had been using. Although the car was later found abandoned, with one weapon, LaBeet is said to be still armed, perhaps with 3 assault rifles & a handgun he had purchased in March. He is also said to be possibly wearing a protective basslistics vest.
The Lord's Servant must not quarrel; instead, he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. Those who oppose him he must gently instruct, in the hope that God will give them a change of heart leading to a knowledge of the truth
II Timothy 2:24-26