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Florida Uber driver shoots dead armed would-be robber

Toronto Star logo Toronto Star 19/12/2016 David J. Nealdneal - Miami Herald

An Uber driver, confronted by a robber who had two guns, shot the man dead on Sunday along a causeway near a shopping mall in Aventura, Fla., police said.

The driver, who wasn’t identified, was not hurt in the robbery attempt at the Lehman Causeway, according to Aventura police. A passenger inside the Uber car also was not harmed.

Two suspects escaped.

The deadly encounter at the causeway started shortly after the Uber driver picked up a passenger around 5:50 a.m., said Aventura Police spokesman Chris Goranitis.

A minivan cut off the Uber on the westbound access road next to the Lehman Causeway. A man emerged with two handguns drawn, ready to rob the Uber driver.

But then the Uber driver drew his own weapon, Goranitis said. Shots from his gun hit the robber, who died on the roadway. The minivan, with two others inside, sped away.

Police interviewed the Uber driver, who had a permit to carry a gun, but charges are unlikely, police said.

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