Police chief: 'She may owe that officer her life'

Published On: May 10 2012 11:23:20 PM EDT   Updated On: May 11 2012 08:00:48 PM EDT

By all accounts, Key Biscayne officer Nelia Real remembers details of Thursday afternoon when on her way home, she stopped to help with what looked like a traffic accident, only to be shot in the neck.


The Key Biscayne Police Chief said the officer who was shot on Florida's Turnpike Thursday remained in critical but stable condition.

Two people, a Key Biscayne police officer and an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent, were taken to Memorial Regional Hospital after the shooting Thursday evening.

"We pray it doesn't happen to us," Chief Charles Press said. "Very fortunate, it appears the wounds have missed all the vital organs."

Key Biscayne police officials said Officer Nelia Real became involved when she was on her way home Thursday and stopped on the Turnpike to assist in what she thought was a traffic crash.

Instead, a carjacking and robbery suspect shot Real, 54, in the neck, and another officer who stopped to help rushed her to the hospital.

"She may owe that officer her life," said Press. "His quick action rushing her to the hospital, it was something he needed to do and obviously she's in good hands right now."

Press believes that officer was a Broward Sheriff's Office deputy.

Real didn't need surgery, according to officials.

Real is a 16 year police veteran of the Key Biscayne Police Department.

Behind Real, rescuers brought an ICE agent to the hospital. The ICE agent was shot in the hand, Local 10's John Turchin reported.

Rescuers also brought in a BSO deputy who was injured in a crash at Interstate 95 and Sheridan Street on the way to the scene. That deputy broke her leg.


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