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Suspected carjacker shot by Miami police after chase, standoff in water

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Posted at 9:39 AM, Oct 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-06 12:39:32-04

MIAMI (AP) - Authorities say an armed carjacking suspect has been fatally shot by officers after he jumped into a South Florida river after a more than two-hour police chase.

Miami-Dade police Det. Robin Pinkard tells local news outlets that officers encountered the man around 7 a.m. Friday. Following a traffic stop, the suspect fled in a car and the chase began. During the chase, Pinkard says, the man ditched a BMW SUV and carjacked a woman, taking her SUV.

At some point, he drove under a bridge on and bailed into the Miami River trying to escape.

Authorities say officers tried to get the man to surrender, but eventually shots were fired. The man died at the scene.

It was unclear why police initially stopped the man.

His name hasn't been released.