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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.
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.
Officer’s injury not life-threatening
Boston police identified the dead suspect as Darryl Dookhran, 20. The Suffolk District Attorney’s Office confirmed that Dookhran had also been arrested in 2011 on firearms charges, including possession of a firearm on school grounds, when he was a student at Massachusetts Bay Community College in Wellesley.
Police have arrested Christopher Murrain, 26, of Dorchester and have charged him with assault and battery on a police officer. He will be arraigned Monday in Dorchester District Court.
Officials said they had been investigating two individuals known to police near Geneva Avenue and Westville Street at about 1 p.m. when one of the suspects turned and pushed an officer.
While running away, one of the suspects turned and shot at the officers, hitting one in the arm, according to police.
Police said the officers returned fire, hitting and killing the suspect who originally fired.
“If someone opens fire on us, we have obviously every right to fire back,” Interim Police Commissioner William Evans said.
The officer shot in the arm was taken to Boston Medical Center, where he is expected to survive. Another officer was also taken to the hospital for stress.
Neighbors said police have made great strides in the area over the past few years.
“The neighborhood is safe, we’ve made major gains,” Evans said. “We’ve got some bad kids out there who obviously have too many guns.”