Miami officer shoots, wounds man with a metal pipe in park

Miami Police officers at the scene where a man holding a pipe has been shot by a Miami police officer in a downtown park ,Thursday, June 11, 2015, in Miami. The man’s condition and identity were not immediately available. He was taken to a local hospital for treatment. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
Miami Police officers at the scene where a man holding a pipe has been shot by a Miami police officer in a downtown park ,Thursday, June 11, 2015, in Miami. The man’s condition and identity were not immediately available. He was taken to a local hospital for treatment. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

MIAMI (AP) — A Miami police officer shot and wounded a man holding a metal pipe in a downtown park where dozens of people including several children were present Thursday, authorities said.

Miami Police Chief Rodolfo Llanes said the shooting occurred after officers responded to calls about a violent disturbance at Gibson Park. He said the man was shot when he refused to drop the pipe.

The man’s condition and identity weren’t immediately available. He was taken to a hospital for treatment.

The nature of the disturbance was not immediately clear.

Llanes said the Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating the shooting.

He added that several dozen people were in the park, many of them children, who may have witnessed what had happened.

“I understand the anxiety that’s been created across the country from police-citizen interactions, but I would ask that everyone wait for the facts of the case and not make up your own story,” Llanes told reporters. “We will know what the facts of the case are.”

The chief added that the officer involved in the shooting, who has not been identified, will be reassigned to administrative duties pending the investigation’s outcome.

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