Off-duty Fla. officer shot outside home in armed robbery
Police said investigators were looking for a red four-door Toyota Camry that the robbers may have left in
By Carli Teproff, Charles Rabin, Howard Cohen
PALMETTO BAY, Fla. — An off-duty Doral police officer was shot in Palmetto Bay late Tuesday night during an armed robbery outside his home, according to Miami-Dade police.
The officer, Lt. Gary King of the Doral Police Department, was shot in the arm, according to Miami-Dade police. He was taken to Jackson South Hospital and is expected to be OK.
@DoralPolice thanks the community and media personnel for all the prayers and well wishes for Lt. Gary King. He was shot last night during an ambush robbery in front of his home. He is okay and expected to recover. Thank you @MiamiDadePD and all police agencies for your help. pic.twitter.com/I0gOdbwq5s— Doral Police Dept. (@DoralPolice) January 17, 2018
Miami-Dade Police and Fire Rescue responded to the scene of the shooting in the 8000 block of Southwest 139th Terrace after reports of an armed robbery, said Alvaro Zabaleta, a police spokesman. The officer, who had retired from Miami-Dade police and joined Doral police 10 years ago, had just returned home from running errands when he was accosted in his driveway by at least two armed robbers, police sources say. The robbers most likely did not know he was a cop.
Zabaleta said King’s duty gun was taken.
He may have been followed home, police sources say. Miami-Dade police’s robbery unit is investigating.
Zabaleta said investigators were looking for a red four-door Toyota Camry that the robbers may have left in.
Anyone with information is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS (8477).
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