Several people have been detained after an ambush that targeted two Miami-Dade police officers, officials announced Tuesday.
It was not immediately clear if the people detained were part of a group a six that police were hunting early Tuesday in connection to the attack. Police also released photos of the bullet-riddled van.
The officers – who were ambushed as they sat in the unmarked vehicle – were identified by Miami-Dade police as Terence White, a 26-year veteran on the force, and Charles Woods, an 11-year veteran, WSVN reported.
Actual photos of our detectives' vehicle involved in the shooting. pic.twitter.com/WvmZXFIv9L— Miami-Dade Police (@MiamiDadePD) March 28, 2017
A responding officer rushed both men to a nearby hospital. Woods was released Tuesday morning from Jackson Memorial Hospital while White remained there in stable condition.
“All I hear is bloom, bloom, bloom, bloom,” Michelle Brown, a witness who heard the gunshots, told WSVN. “Ever since last week, all I’ve been hearing is gunshots. Tonight, I heard it like it was out my back door.”
The shooting unfolded at around 10 p.m. in Brownsville. The officers were on gang detail, The Miami Herald reported. The detectives were part of the Homicide Task Force-Gang Unit and were assisting other officers in a city-wide sweep.
“They were outnumbered and outgunned. God was watching over them tonight,’’ John Rivera, Miami-Dade union president, said.
Footage from WSVN-TV showed the officers walking into the emergency room at Jackson Memorial Hospital supported by fellow officers.
Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez called on the community for help in arresting the suspects.
“If they're brazen enough to shoot at and try to kill police officers, they'll shoot at others. They don't deserve to belong on the streets in our community," he said.