Miami-Dade police detectives were ambushed and shot in their unmarked vehicle



Police on Tuesday continued their search for six people involved in an ambush-style shooting of two undercover Miami-Dade police officers in their unmarked vehicle.

The detectives were identified by Miami-Dade Police as 47-year-old Terence White, a 26-year veteran on the force, and 37-year-old Charles Woods, an 11-year veteran. Miami-Dade Police Director Juan Perez said the officers are part of the Homicide Task Force - Gang Unit.

Monday night, the two detectives were inside an unmarked police mini-van within an apartment complex, located at 1937 N.W. 60th St., conducting surveillance for gang activity. At approximately 9:50 p.m., they were ambushed by at least two armed subjects, who approached the unmarked police vehicle and began shooting at the detectives.

One detective sustained a gunshot wound to the leg and the other sustained a gunshot wound to the arm. Then, one of the two detectives was able to return fire. However, it is unknown if a subject was shot.

A responding officer coming to their aid arrived on scene shortly after. He then placed the wounded detectives onto the bed of his unmarked police pickup truck and transported them to Jackson’s Ryder Trauma Center

Swat team members, K-9 officers and hundreds of police officers from Miami-Dade and the City of Miami swept a several-mile stretch for hours from Northwest 62nd to 54th streets, between Northwest 17th and 22nd avenues.

Several people were detained after the shooting.

One of the subjects detained by police, 18-year-old Alexander Stallings, has been charged with possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted delinquent felon, but the charges are not related to the shooting.

The Miami Herald also reports that one of the detainees had been recently arrested by one of the officers who was shot.

Miami-Dade Police Director Perez took the opportunity to commend the officers who took the injured law enforcers to the hospital.

“They had to extract them out of there,” said Perez. “Some brave officers went into that hot zone, pulled them out, put them in the back of the pickup truck and got them to safety. That’s why they ended up here rather than waiting for a rescue.”

Now, law enforcement and local government officials are asking the public to come forward with any information in regards to the shooting that injured two of their own.

“We need you now to step up to the plate,” said Perez, “and if you know something, if you saw something, say something. Today is the day you need to stand up. These individuals are causing havoc in our community, causing chaos in people's lives, putting people below the ground. So let’s work together to find a resolution to what occurred tonight. Point us in the right direction.”

“They have no regard for anything in our community,” said Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez, “and they don’t deserve to be walking the streets of Miami-Dade County.”

“Regardless of who they thought they were, for them to walk up to the vehicle and open fire like that is just a clear indication of how violent, how mean, and how unsafe the streets of Miami-Dade County are,” said PBA President John Rivera. “The only reason those officers were not killed is because God was on their side.”




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