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Broward County detective, shooter exchange gunfire in West Palm Beach

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - West Palm Beach police say a shootout occurred Tuesday morning when a Broward Sheriff Office's detective was on her way home to Palm Beach County.

Detective Elisa Galindez was getting off I-95 at the Southern Boulevard exit, when police say she noticed a car that appeared to have broken down.

When she approached the car, police say a man got out of it and started shooting.

West Palm Beach Police and the Broward Sheriff's Office are not commenting on the case, but former Boca Raton police chief Andrew Scott says what happens was an "ambush."

"They picked the wrong car to do what they were going to do. For those individuals that committed this crime, they're very fortunate they're not dead," he says.

West Palm Beach Police detectives say Galindez fired back.

"It appears that she acted instinctively and that she shot from her car, which clearly indicated that she had no alternative but to defend herself," the former police chief says.

No one was injured, but she came close to being struck by gunfire.

A bullet hole was seen in the driver's side window.

Detectives say Galindez was in an unmarked car and was in plain-clothes when the crime took place.

She drove from I-95 to Flagler Drive, where she called 911.

"When you're in a position of vulnerability, officers are trained to put distance between them and the threat," Andrew says.

Police say the gunman and the other man inside the car fled in an unknown direction.  Police said the car is described as an older-model, white four-door sedan with dark tints occupied by two men.

Detectives are seeking information on the car and occupants. Please call Detective Andrea Branch at 822-1691 or Crime Stoppers if you can help in the case.

No injuries were reported.

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