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5/9/2014 (11 months ago)

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Damage from shelling showers Miami neighborhood

It was a moment of grotesque overkill that left a community reeling. Last December 10th, two dozen police officers from across Miami Dad County crashed into the backyard of a townhouse on 65th Street. The two unarmed men in the vehicle were fired upon by the officers with 377 rounds. 

The driver of the Volvo, Adrian Montesano, robbed a Walgreens at gunpoint. He later shot Miami Dade Police Officer Saul Rodriguez in a nearby trailer park.

The driver of the Volvo, Adrian Montesano, robbed a Walgreens at gunpoint. He later shot Miami Dade Police Officer Saul Rodriguez in a nearby trailer park.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

5/9/2014 (11 months ago)

Published in U.S.

Keywords: Miami Dade, shootout, overkill, holdup


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The car in question was wedged between a light pole and a tree. A minute passed, and officers fired approximately 50 bullets at the car and the two men inside.

The two men inside the Volvo survived the initial 50 shots, as witnesses saw them moving inside. Two minutes passed before the officers opened up a second time, unleashing an unrelenting torrent of bullets that lasted almost 25 seconds. Both men died. A total of 23 officers fired a total of at least 377 rounds.

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Bullets hit the Volvo, other cars in the lot, fence posts and neighboring businesses. Holes were blasted in a townhouse where a 12-year-old child dove to the ground for cover and as a four month old slept in his crib.

"It was like the Wild Wild West, man, crazy," Anthony Vandiver said. He barely made it through the back door of his home before the gunfire erupted. "Shooting just wild; shooting all over the place. Bullets could have come through the window. Anything could have happened man. They weren't thinking, they weren't thinking at all."

The driver of the Volvo, Adrian Montesano, robbed a Walgreens at gunpoint. He later shot Miami Dade Police Officer Saul Rodriguez in a nearby trailer park.

Montesano escaped in the officer's patrol car eventually dumping it at his grandmother's house in Hialeah, before fleeing in her blue Volvo.

Every policeman in South Florida was looking for the blue Volvo - intent on catching the man who had shot one of their own.

Police didn't realize before they started shooting at the Volvo is there was a second man in the car - Corsini Valdes - who had committed no crime.

Both men inside the Volvo were unarmed at the time police caught up with them. All of the gunfire came from police. Both men were killed by the dozens of rounds that tore through their bodies.

Two Miami Dade police officers were caught in the crossfire. One officer was shot in the arm and the second was hit in the arm and grazed in the head. If the bullet had struck just a half an inch to the side the officer would have been killed.

The incident of the shooting suggests the officers lost sight of their own training and that the officers, caught up in the heat of the moment, failed to listen to their radios or coordinate their actions endangering not only their own lives but the lives of the public.

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