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The surviving agent who killed the suspects remembers the FBI’s bloodiest day

Fbi Shootout
Investigators survey the bloody scene of a shootout in which two FBI agents were killed and five agents wounded in Miami, Fla., April 11, 1986. Two armed robbery suspects were also killed in the shootout. The bloody clothing and shoe of one of the dead FBI agents can be seen beneath the rear of the car, which had been used by the FBI prior to the shootout. (AP Photo/Bill Cooke)

On this 36th anniversary of one of the most violent FBI incidents, Ed Mireles, who killed the suspects even though he was shot himself, gives all the glory to the two fallen agents Special Agent Benjamin Grogan (a 25-year veteran), with Special Agent Jerry Dove (a 4-year veteran).

FBI Gun Battle Dead
The body of an FBI agent killed in a shoot out in the Kendall area of Miami is taken away from the shooting scene by medical examiners and other agents, April 11, 1986. Two FBI agents were killed in the shootout and five other agents were wounded. (AP Photo/Bill Cooke)

On that day, a small group of field agents for the FBI attempted to apprehend William Russell Matix and Michael Lee Platt, who were suspected of committing a series of violent crimes in and around the Miami metropolitan area.

Although they had partially surrounded the suspects after maneuvering them off a local road, the agents involved quickly found their firepower outmatched by the weapons which Matix and Platt had in their vehicle.

During the gun battle which ensued, Platt in particular was able to repeatedly return fire despite sustaining multiple hits. Two Special Agents died from their wounds, while five other agents were injured by gunfire. The shootout ended when both Matix and Platt were killed by Special Agent Ed Mireles.  Karen Curtis interviews Mireles exclusively on her Full Rigor podcast on this 36th anniversary of  the most violent episode in the history of the FBI.

Gilbert Orrantia, Edmundo Mireles, John Hanlon
Retired FBI Special Agent Gilbert Orrantia, center, puts his hand on Edmundo Mireles, left, as he relates a story, during the dedication of the FBI’s new South Florida field office, Friday, April 10, 2015, in Miramar, Fla., about how they, along with John Hanlon, right, and other agents were wounded or killed in a shootout. The new $194 million field office is named for agents Benjamin P. Grogan and Jerry L. Dove, who were killed in that April 11, 1986, shootout with heavily armed bank robbers south of Miami, in what remains the bureau’s bloodiest single day. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

The scale of the shootout led to the introduction of more effective handguns in the FBI and many police departments around the United States.

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