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South Dade commuters who usually use State Road 826 north are being advised to find a different route this morning while police investigate an officer-involved shooting in the area.
Investigation of an incident in which a Miami-Dade police officer fired his gun at a suspect — no one was hit — shut down the Palmetto Expressway in both directions from just before 5 a.m. until the southbound side reopened around 6:30 a.m.
According to a report by Herald News partner CBS4, the shooting occurred after a driver crashed around Southwest 80th Street and 72nd Avenue as police were trying to stop him. The driver emerged with a gun. The officer fired, missed and the driver ran off. Police set up a perimeter to search for him.
The northbound side of the Palmetto, of much heavier use in the morning rush hour, is likely to remain closed until 7:30 a.m.
For an alternative route, head west to the Turnpike to get north to 836 West or take U.S. 1 north.