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3 Fla. officers shot, 2 suspects dead following robbery

Three Miami-Dade officers were wounded — one in the stomach and the others in the arm

By Carli Teproff, Charles Rabin, David Ovalle and Evan S. Benn
The Miami Herald

MIAMI — An armed drugstore robbery and subsequent manhunt left three officers shot and two suspects dead in Northwest Miami-Dade on Tuesday morning.

Three Miami-Dade officers struck by gunfire — one in the stomach, two in their arms — were rushed to Jackson Memorial Hospital.They all are expected to survive, as are two officers from Miami and one from Hialeah who suffered other injuries in the violent confrontation that spanned multiple scenes and snarled rush-hour traffic on Northwest 27 Avenue.

The incident began before dawn, when 27-year-old Adrian Montesano tried to rob a Walgreens near 27th Avenue and West Flagler Street in Little Havana, according to multiple law enforcement sources and a man who said he was a friend of Montesano's.

Montesano allegedly shot an officer who tried to arrest him near Northwest 27th Avenue and 22nd Street. He fled with the officer's gun and squad car, police said.

Sometime after 4:30 a.m., Hialeah police spotted Montesano and another person inside a blue Volvo.

The car crashed at Northwest 27th Avenue and 63rd Street. Officers from multiple departments moved in, exchanging gunfire with Montesano and the other man in the car; both of them died, police said.

Dozens of officers from several departments congregated at Ryder Trauma Center to support their injured colleagues.

"He's in good shape and is going to recover," Miami-Dade Police Director J.D. Patterson said of the officer shot in the abdomen. "Thank God it was not a life-sustaining organ that was penetrated."

Miami Herald photojournalist Walter Michot and news partner CBS4 contributed to this report.

Copyright 2013 The Miami Herald

McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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