Two Miami-Dade police officers are very lucky to be alive today after they were viciously ambushed by six suspects last night in a brazen attempted cop-killing.
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 car.
The detectives were working a gang detail in Brownsville when they were shot late Monday night by suspects who walked past them, opened fire and fled.
Though police didn’t officially release the officers’ names, law enforcement sources said Tuesday that the two men shot were Charles Woods and Terrence White. The two, working on a task force that included federal agents, were following a suspicious car into a housing project parking lot and pulled in when somebody opened fire on their unmarked minivan.
One detective is a 26-year veteran and the other is an 11-year veteran.
The officers, who were taken to Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital in the back of a pickup by cops who were on the perimeter of the shooting scene, were in stable condition, one grazed by a bullet, the other shot in the leg. As the truck pulled up to the Trauma Center, several officers jumped out and helped the hobbled officers inside.
Miami-Dade police said Tuesday morning that the state Department of Law Enforcement is investigating the shooting.
John Rivera, president of the Miami-Dade police union, said six guys walked toward the unmarked car and some opened fire. At least one of the officers returned fire, he said.
“They were outnumbered and outgunned. God was watching over them tonight,’’ said Rivera.
The brazen shooting took place around 10 p.m. in Brownsville at Northwest 62nd Street and 22nd Avenue, just outside the Annie Coleman housing projects, commonly known as “The Rockies’’and fertile ground for gangs.
Thankfully the suspects were lousy shots. Let’s hope they did an equally awful job of planning their ambush, and let good physical evidence that will lead to their swift capture.
Ambushes of police officers have increased in recent years as pro-criminal anti-police agitators—supported both directly and indirectly by the Obama Administration—have felt emboldened to carry out these attacks. While the law enforcement ambushes in Dallas and Baton Rouge by black racial supremacists are the most high-profile incidents, there have been many others similar to this one where the lack of fatalities have enabled the mainstream media to quickly sweep the stories under the rug.