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2 police officers killed in shootout in Miami

Miami (CNN) -- Two Florida police officers died following a shootout with a murder suspect Thursday in Miami, authorities said.
"It's shocking. It's hurtful," said an emotional Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Alvarez, adding that he knew both slain officers personally, having been the police department's former director. "Really, I can't put it into words."
The suspect also died in the exchange of gunfire. A third police officer was being treated at Miami's Jackson Memorial Hospital after suffering what Lt. Rosanna Cordero-Stutz of the Miami-Dade Police Department deemed a "minor injury."
Authorities have yet to identify any of the victims, including the deceased murder suspect.
The officers worked out of the criminal unit of the Miami-Dade police department's warrants division, which works with the U.S. Marshals Service.
"They pool their resources and go after the worst of the worst," said Alvarez, who earlier described the officers as "very well-armed and very well-trained ... police veterans who know their jobs."
The police unit involved in Thursday's incident had been looking for a man wanted in a homicide investigation. Eventually, they talked to one of his family members who told authorities that the suspect would "be right back," according to Alvarez.
Gunfire broke out soon thereafter. One officer died at the scene, as did the suspect.
"We're not looking for anyone (else)," said Alvarez.
A female officer was transported to the hospital in "extremely critical condition," but she died in the operating room, he added.
Cordero-Stutz acknowledged that the deaths had hit the police department hard.
"This is part of what police officers face every day," she said. "That's not just here in Miami-Dade County, that is across the country. We're people, too."
Alvarez admitted that he, too, was taking the officers' deaths "extremely personally."
"It's a horrible, tragic incident we've seen too often in Miami, and everywhere else," he told reporters.
"When there's a violent criminal out there that is willing to give up his life, he will always have the upper hand.... he chose to shoot it out with police."

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Added: Jan-20-2011 Occurred On: Jan-20-2011
By: Zipper10
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