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FLEEING SUSPECT CRASHES INTO INNOCENT VICTIM

BSO Case Number: 08-1309-000897
PIO Number: 13-9-25
Date: Sept. 18, 2013
Time: 9:56 a.m.
Place of Occurrence: Intersection of U.S. 27 and Griffin Road, Southwest Ranches
Jurisdiction: Southwest Ranches

Victim(s):

  • Maritza Medina, 48, female, 8/19/65, 19327 Seneca Ave., Weston (DECEASED)

Suspect(s):

  • Name will be released by Miami-Dade P.D. (DECEASED)

Description of Incident:

The subject of an investigation in Miami-Dade County who was fleeing from police crashed into an innocent driver Wednesday morning in Southwest Ranches, killing her.

The male suspect, driving a dark blue Mercedes SUV was heading northbound on U.S. 27 just before 10 a.m. As he approached the intersection of Griffin Road at a high rate of speed, he broadsided a black sedan heading westbound, ejecting the female driver on impact. Once both vehicles came to rest, responding deputies and officers from other law enforcement agencies began to approach the suspect’s vehicle. They heard at least one shot fired and retreated.

Special Weapons and Tactics units from the Broward Sheriff’s Office, Miami-Dade, Davie and Pembroke Pines police departments arrived at the active shooter scene to extract the suspect from the vehicle. Once they were able to safely approach, they found the suspect dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Until deputies and SWAT were able to secure the scene, fire rescue units were unable to approach the female victim to render aid. A BSO sergeant and Miami-Dade police officer jumped into the sergeant’s marked unit and shielded the victim from the suspect’s car. They carefully pulled Maritza Medina, 48, into the car and drove her to a safe zone where she was pronounced dead.

At the time of this news release the northbound lanes of U.S. 27 at Griffin Road remained closed.

BSO Traffic Homicide detectives are investigating.

INVESTIGATORS: Dets. Wiley & Miller, THI; Sgt. Ellwood, Homicide
THIS REPORT BY: Keyla Concepción/PIO 9/18/13 1735

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