Two police cars belonging to the Broward and Miami-Dade counties were set on fire early Friday morning while the officers were inside their northeast Miami-Dade county homes. The fires happened a few blocks away from each other and Miami-Dade Fire Rescue responded at about 5 a.m.
Miami-Dade Police Lt. John Jenkins believes this was a targeted attack.
“In this particular neighborhood, obviously these two cars were intentionally set on fire,” said Jenkins. “They’re within a short distance of each other. You can walk behind these backyards to get to the other officer’s house.”
The Miami-Dade and Hallandale Beach police officers who operated the vehicles have not been identified.
“There is only one way in and one way out of this community,” Jenkins said. “The arsonist had to know the cars were inside.”
The two officers did not know each other, but were friendly towards each other in their community of townhomes. There have been no threats made against either officer. Lt. Jenkins told the Sun Sentinel he believes it is what the officers represent that enticed the arsonist.
“Obviously the individual or individuals has a problem with law enforcement, because that’s the cars that were targeted,” Jenkins said. “No other vehicles were deliberately set on fire in this neighborhood.”
Security video from surrounding homes will be used to help the investigation which is being conducted by Miami-Dade police, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue and an agent from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.