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).
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.
The scale of the shootout led to the introduction of more effective handguns in the FBI and many police departments around the United States.
Listen to Full Rigor here.
Today is the 35th Anniversary of the 1986 Miami-Dade FBI Shootout in Pinecrest.
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