FREE e-Newsletter
Important News - Hot Topics
Get them Now!

Dynamic Plaques - FVT Plaques
FVT Plaques is introducing new dynamic plaques to recognize police and sheriff's...

Security Policy and the Cloud

Ask The Expert

Mark Rivera

FBI-CJIS Security Policy Compliance Officer

Mark Rivera, Customer Retention Manager and CJIS Security Compliance Officer with Vigilant Solutions, served for sixteen years with the Maryland State Police, retiring at the rank of First Sergeant with thirteen of those years at the supervisory and command level. He holds a Master of Science Degree in Management from The Johns Hopkins University and Secret clearance through the FBI, Baltimore.

Top News

Video: Grow-House Cameras Capture Deadly Miami Gunfight

May 10, 2013  | 

VIDEO: Deadly Miami Drug Shootout

Suspects involved in a drug trafficking operation opened fire on investigating Miami-Dade Police detectives in a deadly gunfight captured by the video surveillance cameras of a marijuana grow house.

The dramatic footage, which was played Thursday at a court hearing, shows the rapidly unfolding gunfight at the west Miami home. Plainclothes detectives had visited the home on July 31 for a "knock and talk" during their investigation.

After arriving, they began to question Luis Estevanell, 60. Estevanell's cohort, Gerardo Delgado, emerges from a parked BMW and opened fire at the officers while attempting to take cover behind a tree.

The officers returned fire striking Delgado several times as the suspect continued firing. Three rounds from Delgado struck John Saavedra, who can be seen falling outside the screen.

Estevanell has been charged with possession of cocaine, trafficking in marijuana, and second-degree felony murder. In Florida, anyone who commits a felony in which a death occurs can be held responsible for murder, reports the Miami Herald.

Comments (8)

Displaying 1 - 8 of 8

Nichole @ 5/13/2013 5:36 AM

Is the officer that was struck all right? You can see him fall and you can see three other officers carrying him away in the background towards the end of the footage. I don't give a sh!t about the perp, I want to know what happened to the officer that got hit.

Rick @ 5/13/2013 4:26 PM

Poor tactics placed all officers at risk. they confront the suspects they could see and didn't have an officer covering them in case a suspect 'pops up'. Better use of cover and triangulation would have helped them out also.

bob retired leo @ 5/14/2013 8:05 AM

I hope the officer shot is alive and recovering. Ill have to google it. This goes to show how sloppy we get in our tactics even as veteran officers. I used to try and use a simulator once a year to practice and also practice my urban tactics with my partner once every six months.

jeff Taylor @ 5/14/2013 8:41 AM

What is more important is WHAT HAPPED TO THE OFFICER,I hope to GOD he is alright

james @ 5/15/2013 6:33 AM

First...I hope the officer is alright. Next, I think we need to stop judging tactics and training in most cases. If you've every being in a shooting you know that when REAL bullets start flying survival becomes top priority. No one knows exactly how they will react until they're in a situation.

Antonio @ 5/16/2013 1:42 PM

I agree with Rick, I hate to Monday morning quarterback but their tactics and planning could have 100% better. Someone clearly blew this one, that mutt in the car should of been BRACED as soon as they entered the set.

Brent @ 5/20/2013 6:40 AM

James, first of all I've been in three. Second of all we have to Monday morning because how else will everyone one else learn from incidents that go bad. Third, yes you'll never know for sure but if proper tactics of BASIC officer safety could have prevented the shooting I'm the first place.... Stay safe brothers.... VADIS VADO

Brent @ 5/20/2013 6:42 AM

"In" not "I'm" sorry for typo

Join the Discussion

POLICE Magazine does not tolerate comments that include profanity, personal attacks or antisocial behavior (such as "spamming" or "trolling"). This and other inappropriate content or material will be removed. We reserve the right to block any user who violates this, including removing all content posted by that user.

Other Recent News

Texas Deputy Wounded in Gunfight with “Suicidal” Subject
A Comal County, TX, deputy and a man described by law enforcement officials as "suicidal"...
Officers Who Responded to Orlando Nightclub Massacre Haunted by Experience
It is of his first look inside the Pulse nightclub. Dozens of people were motionless on...
“CHIPS” Actor Erik Estrada Becomes Idaho Reserve Officer
Erik Estrada, who starred as highway patrol officer Frank Poncherello in the television...
Video: Pennsylvania Officer Shot Multiple Times, Suspect in Custody
Authorities say the 25-year-old officer, identified as Christopher Dorman, was shot at...
DHS Employee with Top Secret Clearance Suspected of Plotting Attack
They've charged him so far only carrying a pistol without a license but they think he may...

Get Your FREE Trial Issue and Win a Gift! Subscribe Today!
Yes! Please rush me my FREE TRIAL ISSUE of POLICE magazine and FREE Officer Survival Guide with tips and tactics to help me safely get out of 10 different situations.

Just fill in the form to the right and click the button to receive your FREE Trial Issue.

If POLICE does not satisfy you, just write "cancel" on the invoice and send it back. You'll pay nothing, and the FREE issue is yours to keep. If you enjoy POLICE, pay only $25 for a full one-year subscription (12 issues in all). Enjoy a savings of nearly 60% off the cover price!

Offer valid in US only. Outside U.S., click here.
It's easy! Just fill in the form below and click the red button to receive your FREE Trial Issue.
First Name:
Last Name:
Zip Code:
We respect your privacy. Please let us know if the address provided is your home, as your RANK / AGENCY will not be included on the mailing label.
E-mail Address:

Police Magazine