Skip to content

JUDGE, JURY, EXECUTIONERS: Police fire 377 rounds at two unarmed men in car

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
5/9/2014 (3 years ago)
Catholic Online (https://www.catholic.org)

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.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
Catholic Online (https://www.catholic.org)
5/9/2014 (3 years 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.

Find out how you can get food to needy children -- by going here!

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.

---


'Help Give every Student and Teacher FREE resources for a world-class Moral Catholic Education'


Copyright 2018 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for APRIL 2018
For those who have Responsibility in Economic Matters.
That economists may have the courage to reject any economy of exclusion and know how to open new paths.


Comments


More U.S.

Death threats for opposing gay marriage? Florist appeals to Supreme Court Watch

Image of Barronelle Stutzman

When Barronelle Stutzman took a stand for her Christian beliefs nearly five years ago, she never imagined that she would eventually be ... continue reading


Woman loses her life after engine disintegrates on Southwest Airlines 737 Watch

Image of The accident remains under investigation, but metal fatigue appears to be the root cause.

A tragic, freak accident has cost the life of an Albuquerque woman on board a Southwest Airlines flight from New York to Dallas.  LOS ... continue reading


Can Catholics choose to end their life in comfort? Watch

Image of Barbara Bush, 92, has made the decision to begin palliative care. We pray for her.

Former First Lady, Barbara Bush is about to end her life on comfort care, after choosing to forgo future medical care. Is it acceptable for ... continue reading


U.S. and Mexican Bishops speak out on Trump's plan to send military to the border Watch

Image of President Trump signed an order on Wednesday to deploy the National Guard.

Bishops in both the US and Mexico have criticized the Trump administration's plan to send National Guard troops to the southern border of ... continue reading


Feast of Divine Mercy: Doubting Thomas and the Wounds that Heal Our Disbelief Watch

Image of Divine Mercy

His doubts healed the wounds of our own disbelief. They also open up -  for all who look with the eyes of faith - a deeper ... continue reading


Never Miss any Updates!

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers.

Information
Learn about Catholic world

Catholic Online
Inform - Inspire - Ignite

Catholic Online Saints
Your saints explained

Catholic Online Prayers
Prayers for every need

Catholic Online Bible
Complete bible online

Catholic Online News
Your news Catholic eye

Daily Reading
Today's bible reading

Lent / Easter
Death & resurrection of Jesus

Advent / Christmas
Birth of Jesus

Rest of Catholic Online
All Catholic world we offer

Services
Products and services we offer

Catholic Online Shopping
Catholic medals, gifts & books

The California Network
Inspiring streaming service

Advertise on Catholic Online
Your ads on catholic.org

Catholic Online Email
Email with Catholic feel

Catholic Online Singles
Safe, secure Catholic dating

The California Studios
World-class post production service

Education
Learn the Catholic way

Catholic Online School
Free Catholic education for all

Student Classes
K-12 & Adult Education Classes

School Teachers
Teacher lesson plans & resources

Support Free Education
Tax deductible support Free education

Socials
Connect with us online

Catholic Online on Facebook
Catholic social network

Catholic Online on Twitter
Catholic Tweets

Catholic Online on YouTube
Enjoy our videos

Catholic Online on Instagram
Shared Catholic moments

Catholic Online on Pinterest
Catholic ideas style inspiration

Catholic Online Logo

Copyright 2018 Catholic Online. All materials contained on this site, whether written, audible or visual are the exclusive property of Catholic Online and are protected under U.S. and International copyright laws, © Copyright 2018 Catholic Online. Any unauthorized use, without prior written consent of Catholic Online is strictly forbidden and prohibited.