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Community Rallies Support For NMB Officer Shot

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NORTH MIAMI BEACH (CBSMiami) -- The North Miami Beach community is showing its support for a North Miami Beach police officer who continues to recover at Jackson Memorial Hospital after being shot Friday.

"Get well Officer Diaz!" said a group of North Miami Beach little leaguers in unison on a recorded video for Officer Lino Diaz.

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The decorated veteran continues to recover at Jackson Memorial Hospital after being shot at a home off NE 160th St. and 8th Ave. while attempting to serve a search warrant Friday morning.

"He's doing great.  He's on the road to recovery.  He's in great spirits.  A lot of friends and family are coming in and out," said City of North Miami Beach Mayor George Vallejo.

His friends and family rushed to Officer Diaz's side after the shooting, but the outpouring of support stretches beyond his loved ones.

Mayor Vallejo and a councilman delivered a poster signed with special messages and well wishes from little leaguers, along with a baseball.

"He is happy and he's humbled by the outpouring of support from the community.  He told us that he's just been getting calls nonstop of support from residents, from fellow officers," said Mayor Vallejo.

Elton Bandoo, 26, is accused of firing several shots from a .40 caliber firearm.  Two of those bullets struck Officer Diaz.

Bandoo appeared before a Miami-Dade County judge Saturday.

"Mr. Bandoo, it looks like you have been arrested for attempted murder of a law enforcement officer," said Miami-Dade County Circuit Court Judge Victoria S. Sigler during a bond hearing.

"You're going to be held in jail at this time without any bond in the case because of the charges."

Mayor Vallejo says Officer Diaz is meeting with doctors Monday to finalize potentially having surgery on his arm wound.

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