2 Undercover Cops Shot in Ambush

Miami-Dade police looking for 6 suspects
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 28, 2017 12:04 PM CDT

(Newser) – A manhunt is underway after two undercover officers conducting gang surveillance were shot in Brownsville, Florida, late Monday in what police describe as an ambush, say Miami-Dade police. The officers of the Homicide Street Violence Task Force were sitting in an unmarked van in the parking lot of an apartment complex around 10pm when six suspects approached and opened fire with an AK-47, authorities say, per CBS News. A witness tells CBS Miami she heard over two dozen shots fired. Officer Charles Woods, 37, was hit in the leg, while 47-year-old Terence White was grazed in the arm, reports the Miami Herald. One of the officers returned fire, but it isn't clear if a suspect was hit.

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A video shows the officers, who had followed a suspicious vehicle into the parking lot prior to the shooting, being rushed to a hospital by police in the back of a pickup truck. White, a 26-year veteran of the force, was treated and released while Woods, an 11-year veteran, remains in stable condition, per Local 10. "I can tell you from looking at the crime scene that these officers are lucky to be alive," says Miami-Dade Police Director Juan Perez. "It's been a while since I've seen a car hit with so many bullets." Witnesses say officers remained at the apartment complex overnight, but no suspects were arrested. (Read more police shooting stories.)

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