FBI Miami Firefight by Liz MirelesFBI Miami Firefight Five minutes that Changed the Bureau If you have a choice between living and dying, which would you choose? On April 11, 1986 in Miami, Florida, eight FBI agents and two murderous bank robbers engaged in five-minute gunfight. There were 150 shots fired during the incident. In the end, nine out of the ten participants were shot. The two bank robbers were dead, as well as two FBI agents. Five other agents were wounded including FBI Special Agent Ed Mireles who was shot twice. This event changed law enforcement training, equipment and tactics throughout the U.S. This incident is known as the “FBI Miami Firefight.” It is a monumental event that has been referred to as the OK Corral shooting of the 20th century and “Five Minutes that Changed the Bureau.” Read how Special Agent Ed Mireles improvised, adapted and overcame insurmountable obstacles to persevere and eventually end the gunfight by killing the two bank robbers. Ed Mireles was the last man standing! Ed Mireles discusses his thoughts and actions that ended the gunfight.
Retired FBI Agent Recalls Deadly 1986 Miami-Dade Shootout
And I wanted to be absolutely sure that these guys did not escape. The resulting firefight would become one of the most significant events of modern law enforcement history inspiring change in everything from tactics and procedures to modern terminal ballistics. Ed, is the individual responsible for finally ending the fight that lasted over four minutes.
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These lessons should not be lost. At the NRA Annual Meeting, friends mentioned reading advance copies of a book on the shootout by Mireles himself. FBI Miami Firefight: Five Minutes that Changed the Bureau is an autobiography unlike the many outside analyses published about this incident over the years. What, I wondered, would be the perceptions of the agent who, despite a head wound and a disabling gunshot injury to his left arm, continued to shoot until the robbers, Platt and Matix, were themselves dead. And what drove the man who continued to fight to save his fellow agents long after he was seriously wounded? After serving as a U. His description of the team he joined gives faces to what has previously been only names cited in analyses of the fight.