Police fatally shoot woman who ran over officer in Miami Beach

Police fatally shoot woman who ran over officer in Miami Beach

Police fatally shoot woman who ran over officer in Miami Beach

- A Temple University student was shot and killed by police in Miami this weekend.

Witnesses said Hithon was behind the wheel of a black BMW early Sunday evening around 6 p.m. when she crashed into a truck.

In a news conference, Miami police say Hithon was attempting to flee the scene of the crash.

Hithon fled the crash scene and hit another auto at 12th Street and Collins Avenue, as witnesses and officers responded to the intersection, police said. "At some point, the driver made a decision to speed away and she continued west on 12th Street". When police arrived and asked her to get out of the vehicle, officials say she hit the accelerator and ran over an officer.

Michael Davis, who witnessed the chaotic scene, told WSVN Hithon repeatedly rear-ended cars.

It's unclear why Hithon attempted to flee, but investigators said she and her friend, who casually got out of the auto before Hithon accelerated, were drinking heavily earlier Sunday.

"One of the cops was in front of the vehicle and when they were yelling at her to get out of the auto, she just started the vehicle again", said witness Miguel Garcia. Hithon was rushed to the hospital where she later died of her gunshot wounds.

The reason Hithon tried to flee may never be known.

Hithon reportedly spent her first three years of college at the historically black Hampton University, where she was a member of the school's honors college.

Hithon's father, retired U.S. Navy Capt. Cary Hithon, told the newspaper his daughter wanted to be "the attorney to save the world".

Butchko's passenger, Miami Beach lawyer Sean Ellsworth, said he was alarmed by her behavior.

Police said witnesses and officers began to gather at the intersection to try to help the victims, and the woman drove into the crowd, hitting Officer David Cajuso with her vehicle. The injured officer was taken to a nearby hospital after losing consciousness at the scene for a period of time. They did, however, say that officer Cajuso, who was run over, is stable and recovering from his head injuries.

Miami-Dade County police are investigating the events leading up to the fatal shooting. While the shooting is still under investigation, Oates' loophole may have played a role in Hithon's death.

Hithon's father said he had a lot of questions following the incident but wouldn't speculate without more information.

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