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A Miami police officer remains in critical condition after allegedly being shot in the head by his estranged former girlfriend, who officials say stalked him prior to pulling the trigger.
Yessenia Sanchez, 32, a former high school police officer, was jailed on charges of first-degree attempted murder with a deadly weapon in connection with the shooting of Miami cop Damian Colon, according to the Hialeah Police Department. She also facing charges of aggravated stalking and leaving the scene of an accident, which she allegedly caused while fleeing the scene of the shooting.
Authorities say Sanchez went to Colon’s Miami residence in the 1200 block of West 79th Street around 6:30 a.m. on Nov. 4, according to a criminal complaint obtained by Oxygen.com.
“Upon locating the victim at his residence, the defendant exited her getaway vehicle with her firearm holstered in an exterior holster,” the case’s police report stated. “At that point, both parties began to argue, at which point the defendant fired a single shot, striking the victim on the head.”
Sanchez then fled the scene in a red pick up truck, leaving Colon on his porch. A CCTV camera “captured the incident in its entirety,” according to a police report cited by Miami television station WPLG.
After leaving the scene, Sanchez was involved in a multi-car collision less than four miles away. According to witnesses, Sanchez was driving at a high rate of speed on Palm Avenue when she turned the corner onto East 45th Street — a residential block. Sanchez allegedly veered out of her lane and side swiped an oncoming car. She subsequently appeared to lose control, hit two parked cars outside a residence and continued for another block until her car came to stop.
When the first person she allegedly hit came to check on her, she exited her truck — dropping her wallet in the process — and allegedly fled on foot.
She was later arrested at her home, less than a mile from the accident.
Colon was rushed to a Jackson Memorial Hospital in "extremely" critical condition and required surgery, Hialeah Police Sgt. Jose Torres said, NBC Miami reported.
“The officer is out of surgery and is listed in critical but stable condition,” the department said in a Tweet on Nov. 4. “We continue to pray for a speedy recovery. We thank our community and fellow law enforcement agencies for their support.”
“He has been moved over to a room,” Alfredo Ramirez III, the Miami-Dade Police Director and Chief of Safety also said on Friday. “His family is with him.
Top police officials described the shooting as “devastating,” per the Miami Herald.
No additional updates were immediately available Monday afternoon regarding Colon’s condition.
Colon is a 17-year veteran of the Miami-Dade police force, according to WPLG.
The couple, who had dated for approximately seven years prior to breaking up, had past domestic violence issues, authorities said. Officials also allege that Sanchez stalked Colon prior to the shooting, using an app installed on his phone in order to track him.
“She sent the victim global positioning system (GPS) coordinates of his whereabouts prior to the incident, as she continued to unlawfully attempt to locate the victim,” the complaint stated. “The defendant advised she actively tracked the victim via electronic means.”
A spokesperson for Miami police didn’t immediately respond to Oxygen.com’s request for comment on Monday afternoon.
Sanchez is being held without bond, per online jail records, WSVN reported. It’s unclear if she’s retained legal representation to comment on her behalf.
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