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Sep 18, 2013 1:44 PM

Deadly Police Chase Crash in Miami

MIAMI (WTVJ) - A shooting suspect and two others are dead after a high-speed chase through two counties ended in a deadly crash and standoff near Miami Wednesday morning.

The standoff ended when law enforcement and three SWAT vehicles surrounded the unidentified suspect's Mercedes sports utility vehicle in a grassy field, where it had come to a stop after it crashed into another Mercedes in an intersection at Griffin Road and U.S. 27.

Both the SUV and the other car were was heavily damaged in the crash. The other car's occupant was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Broward Sheriff's Office.

More than an hour after the crash, SWAT officers moved in on the SUV and the standoff ended. Authorities said the suspect died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

"Unfortunately, we've had a very tragic and sad day today," Miami-Dade Police spokesman Det. Alvaro Zabaleta said.

The incident began when a mother and daughter were shot in the area of Southwest 189th Street and 123rd Avenue near the Hammocks, Miami-Dade Police said.

The mother, who hasn't been identified, was killed at the scene. Her daughter was rushed to a nearby hospital in critical condition, police said.

Zabaleta said police are trying to determine what possible relationship the women had to the suspect.

Zabaleta said a witness was able to give police a description of the car that left the scene of the shooting and police spotted it a short time later.

The suspect fled north in the SUV and was seen speeding and weaving in and out of traffic as he was chased all the way to Griffin Road and U.S. 27.

After the crash, both vehicles skidded to a stop in the grassy field and officers were seen approaching the vehicle with weapons drawn before backing away. Vehicle parts were strewn across the field.

Streets in the area were closed as dozens of officers responded to the scene.

Jonathan Ortiz, who works in the west Broward area, said he saw the suspect's vehicle speed by just before the crash.

"I saw a vehicle, a black Mercedes-Benz, he was going an excessive speed, I'm guessing they collided with another vehicle up there," Ortiz said. "We just saw this car speed by, we said 'oh my God, this is crazy.'"

Miami-Dade Police closed off the street at the scene of the earlier shooting as crime scene investigators focused on the home where the shooting happened. The motive for the shooting was unknown.

"The preliminary evidence that they do have is indicating that this could possibly be domestic related," Zabaleta said.

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