• The victim, Damian Colon was shot in the head and is fighting for his life in the hospital
  • Yessenia Sanchez was reportedly stalking the victim through an app prior to the shooting
  • The two had been in a relationship for seven years with a history of domestic violence

A former Miami cop has been charged after she shot a 17-year veteran police officer in the head and left him fighting for his life.

Yessenia Sanchez, 32, confessed to having shot her ex-boyfriend Damian Colon, a veteran with the Miami-Dade Police when he was off-duty and at his home in Hialeah. Sanchez is facing multiple charges including attempted first-degree murder, stalking, and leaving the scene of a crash in connection with the shooting, NBC Miami reported.

The incident took place Friday when Sanchez drove to Colon's home and confronted him before firing the weapon, Local 10 reported.

Police officers rushed to the spot in a red pickup truck and found Colon wounded. He was airlifted to Ryder Trauma Centre in Jackson Memorial Hospital where he remained critical as of Friday night, Miami-Dade sergeant Jose Torres told Local 10.

After fleeing the spot, Sanchez reportedly crashed into multiple vehicles and abandoned the truck in the area of Palm Avenue and 45 Street, from which point she started running eastbound. She was arrested at her home at around 7:50 a.m. and confessed to committing the crime, according to an arrest form seen by Local 10.

Security footage showed Sanchez hitting a woman's car as she hastily drove off from the spot after the shooting. The accused was reportedly stalking Colon through an app before the incident.

Hialeah Police said Sanchez, a former Miami-Dade Schools Police officer, was in a relationship with Colon for seven years with a history of domestic violence. Sanchez had reportedly resigned from her law enforcement job last year to dodge being otherwise fired for domestic violence charges.

Sanchez was remanded to police custody without bond and is scheduled to appear in court Sunday.

Miami-Dade Police Director Freddy Ramirez told 7 News that all Colon needs now is prayer. "Right now, what we ask for is prayers," he said. "He's still with us and we want to ride that positivity," Ramirez said of Colon.

"We may have different color shirts, but we are all one and we all want the same thing: to protect our community and protect our officers," Ramirez told Local 10.

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