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‘It’s a tragedy': Miami detective seriously hurt after driver pins her against vehicle

As the detective was exiting her vehicle at the scene, the driver accelerated — striking the detective and pinning her against another car


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By Emma Janssen, Omar Rodríguez Ortiz, Charles Rabin
Miami Herald

MIAMI — A veteran Miami detective was seriously injured Monday afternoon when police say a driver struck and pinned her against another vehicle on an Overtown street as she was responding to an altercation.

Detective Marvalyn Lee Chin was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital where she was undergoing surgery Monday night to treat the injuries on her arms and legs, Miami Police Chief Manny Morales told reporters outside the emergency room. She is expected to survive.

“It’s a tragedy,” Morales said.

The suspect, whose name hasn’t been released, was detained as he tried to escape, according to authorities.

How it unfolded

Around 3:30 p.m., Lee Chin was working on an assignment in Overtown when she was approached by a person alerting her of an altercation in the area of Northwest Second Avenue and 12th Street, Morales said. After arriving and exiting her vehicle, the driver accelerated — striking the detective and pinning her against another car.

According to Morales, reinforcements arrived, took the suspect into custody and rendered first aid to the detective before Miami paramedics took her to the hospital.

“I ask the public to keep the Lee Chin family in their thoughts and prayers,” Morales said.

Morales told reporters that the crash was captured on video but didn’t give details on what can be seen in the footage.

A little after 7 p.m., a two block area around Northwest Second Avenue remained shut down as detectives spoke with witnesses and gathered forensic evidence. A police drone was observed flying over the crime scene.

A maroon vehicle with damage to the front bumper was visible on Northwest 12th Street near the corner of Second Avenue. Police have not confirmed whether the red car was the vehicle driven by the suspect.

Morales called the crash a tragedy that has affected all members of the police department.

“This highlights the risk that the brave men and women take each and every day as they go out to make Miami the safest community in the nation,” Morales said. “We are a family.”

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