Published: Aug 15, 2011 3:13 PM EDT

HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say a Homestead police officer shot a man in a pickup truck in self-defense.
    
Miami-Dade County police spokesman Javier Baez says the officer was searching for a stolen vehicle about 1:30 p.m. Sunday. He spotted the van and approached it.
    
At that point, Baez says, the man inside the vehicle suddenly accelerated.
    
Baez says the officer fired at the man in self-defense.
    
The Miami Herald the officer was not injured, but the driver was taken to Jackson Memorial's Ryder Trauma Center in critical condition.
    
No further details were immediately available.

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