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Corrections officer claims Miami-Dade officer shot at her car

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The scene of the possible road rage incident on Florida's Turnpike. The scene of the possible road rage incident on Florida's Turnpike.
Georgina Illa, the Miami-Dade Corrections officer involved in the incident. Georgina Illa, the Miami-Dade Corrections officer involved in the incident.
The bullet hole in Georgina Illa's car. The bullet hole in Georgina Illa's car.
The back seat of Georgina Illa's car. The back seat of Georgina Illa's car.

SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, Fla. (WSVN) -- Authorities are investigating after a South Florida corrections officer claimed a Miami-Dade Police officer shot at her car after the vehicle in which he was riding cut her off in traffic.

Georgina Illa, a Miami-Dade Corrections officer of four years, said she was driving to work northbound on Florida's Turnpike, near Southwest 152nd Street, Sunday evening. According to the driver, all of a sudden a white Mazda sedan cut her off.

Illa said she flashed her high-beam headlights. "I was absolutely in shock," she said. "I can tell you, even my right foot was trembling. I didn't know what to do."

She said there were two occupants in the other car. The man in the passenger seat, she said, pointed a firearm at her. "I'm trying to get my phone, I'm trying to call FHP; next thing I see, the guy is pointing a gun at me," she said.

"As he was pointing his gun at me, I still couldn't believe it," Illa continued. "It's crazy. Who would do that?"

Illa said the man then discharged his firearm, hitting her vehicle in the taillight. "Gun goes off, and now I'm trembling, my foot is trembling, and my hands are trembling," she said.

A Florida Highway Patrol trooper later arrived on the scene. "The initial officer that, you know, made the traffic stop, after he talked to [the passenger] he came and talked to me," said Illa. "He said, 'You know, he's a police officer ... a Miami-Dade Police officer.'"

Illa said the investigating officer on the scene told her the off-duty law enforcer riding in the personal vehicle denied having a gun, as well as firing a weapon.

The white Mazda was impounded. According to Miami-Dade Police officials, the Florida Highway Patrol is the lead investigative agency in this case.

After the incident, Illa said, investigators went through her red sedan and found the round that was fired.

Miami-Dade Police have confirmed that their officer was present at an incident on the Turnpike but indicated they do not know what, if any, involvement, he may have had in the incident. They said FHP investigators are trying to determine whether their officer fired a weapon.

FHP Trooper Joe Sanchez released a statement that read, "The Florida Highway Patrol is conducting a criminal investigation of a possible road rage incident involving a Miami-Dade Police officer and a corrections officer."

Illa said she could have been killed in the incident. "I think it's scary that these are the people that we have hired to protect us," she said.

It is still unknown whether or not investigators found a gun inside the white Mazda. The investigation is ongoing.

If you have any information on this incident, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward.

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