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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.

Tags: Miami-Dade PD, Video Surveillance, Assaults on Officers, Drug Trafficking


Comments (8)

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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

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