The incident began when the Uber driver picked up a passenger at around 5 a.m. in Aventura and started driving towards the intended destination, which was Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. As the vehicle made its way down the William Lehman Causeway, another car suddenly appeared out of nowhere.
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“The Uber driver was then cut off by what we believe to be a dark colored either silver or gray Dodge Caravan,” said Aventura Police Sgt. Chris Goranitis.
A man then jumped out of the Dodge Caravan and pointed two guns at the Uber driver, signaling a robbery.
But the Uber driver wasn’t having any of it. He pulled out a gun of his own and opened fire, shooting the suspect.
An accomplice in the Dodge Caravan quickly got into the driver’s seat and sped away.
Police arrived and the would-be robber was pronounced dead at the scene. His two guns were located there as well.
A van matching the description of the vehicle used in the crime was reportedly brought into the Aventura Police Department. A person of interest is now being questioned.
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The Uber driver and passenger were both uninjured. The driver was questioned by police, but is not likely to be charged. He had a valid permit to carry his gun.
His job with Uber, on the other hand, may be in jeopardy. The company has a strict no-gun policy for all its drivers.
“Our goal is to ensure that everyone has a safe and reliable ride. That’s why Uber prohibits riders and drivers from carrying firearms of any kind in a vehicle while using our app,” Uber’s website states.
It remains to be seen whether he’ll keep his job.
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